18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly + taxi:  8​h
1
Unawatuna
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
2
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Arugam Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Yala National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
5
Kandy
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Sigiriya
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Dubai

3
nights
Unawatuna

Get out of town with these interesting Unawatuna side-trips: Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching) and Bentota Beach (in Bentota).

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Unawatuna trip itinerary planning site .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Unawatuna is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dubai to Unawatuna due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Dubai, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Unawatuna, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Ella.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Mirissa, Bentota Beach, Galle Fort, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

2
nights
Ella

Ella ©
The relaxing hilltop village of Ella benefits from a more temperate climate than much of the rest of country thanks to its high elevation.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): snap pictures at Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, then stop by Ella Gem & Jewelry, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Ella Spice Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on nature at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Ella trip planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Unawatuna to Ella in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Shopping
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge
Ravana Ella Falls ©
Ravana Ella Falls

2
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kudumbigala Monastery, then enjoy the sea views from Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, then contemplate the waterfront views at Pottuvil Lagoon, and finally explore the activities along Arugam Bay. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Muhudu Maha Viharaya, get outside with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka, and then stop by Rice & Carry Bags Shop.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Arugam Bay trip itinerary website .

Drive from Ella to Arugam Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks
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Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara

2
nights
Yala National Park

One of the most popular national parks in the country, Yala National Park boasts a wide variety of animals, and does important work in conserving and growing populations.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Yala National Park vacation maker .

Explore your travel options from Arugam Bay to Yala National Park with the Route module. In June, daytime highs in Yala National Park are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Yala National Park
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Safaris
Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park

4
nights
Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Take a break from Kandy with a short trip to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala, about 1h 15 min away. On the 12th (Wed), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hanthana Mountain Range, and explore the activities along Kandy Lake.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kandy tour planner .

Getting from Yala National Park to Kandy by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Knuckles Forest Reserve, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Royal Botanical Gardens
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

4
nights
Sigiriya

Sigiriya ©
The historic rock of the same name dominates the landscape of World Heritage-listed Sigiriya, where the steep and striking lava plug contains the ruins of an ancient empire.
Step out of Sigiriya with an excursion to Golden Temple of Dambulla in Dambulla--about 54 minutes away. Spend the 15th (Sat) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Sigiriya, don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, examine the collection at Pethikada, and look for all kinds of wild species at Dhilip De Alwis.

To see reviews and other tourist information, read our Sigiriya trip maker .

Traveling by car from Kandy to Sigiriya takes 3 hours. On the 16th (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Minneriya National Park, Golden Temple of Dambulla, Dhilip De Alwis
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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