18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + taxi:  17​h 45​min
1
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Trincomalee
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Kalkudah
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Habarana
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Hikkaduwa
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 30​min
6
Kandy
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: London

2
nights
Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura ©
Explore the well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sri Lankan civilization and its former capital at Anuradhapura, a World Heritage Site and erstwhile center of Theravada Buddhism set amidst peaceful green parks.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi and Isurumuniya Temple. Do some cultural sightseeing at Sri Maha Boodhi Temple and Ritigala Forest Monastery. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Ruwanwelisaya, make a trip to Vessagiriya Ruins, see human ingenuity at work at Tissa Wewa, and delve into the distant past at Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate).

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Anuradhapura route builder tool .

London, UK to Anuradhapura is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a 5 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks
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Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Isurumuniya Temple ©
Isurumuniya Temple
Ritigala Forest Monastery ©
Ritigala Forest Monastery

2
nights
Trincomalee

Trincomalee ©
A center of Tamil culture and language, Trincomalee suffered greatly during the 30-year civil war, but the troubles haven't dimmed the natural and cultural charms of the place.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): kick back and relax at Nilaveli Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mamangam Temple, and finally see the interesting displays at Hoods Tower Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Mon): learn about all things military at Orr's Hill Army Museum, brush up on your military savvy at Sri Lanka Navy Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Lakshmi Narayana Perumal Kovil, and finally stroll the grounds of Trincomalee War Cemetery.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Trincomalee day trip planning app .

Drive from Anuradhapura to Trincomalee in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Kalkudah.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nilaveli Beach
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Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Kalkudah

Kalkudah ©
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): kick back and relax at Pasikudah Beach and then kick back and relax at Passikudah Beach.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kalkudah trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Trincomalee to Kalkudah takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can go by car to Habarana.

Things to do in Kalkudah

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Passikudah Beach ©
Passikudah Beach

3
nights
Habarana

Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
Get some cultural insight at Golden Temple of Dambulla and Polonnaruwa Archaeological Ruins. Get outdoors at Safaris and Minneriya National Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Polonnaruwa (Polonnaruwa Vatadage, Gal Potha, & more).

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Habarana online road trip planner .

You can drive from Kalkudah to Habarana in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Habarana

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa, Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Safaris
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage

3
nights
Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa ©
One of the most scenic beach resorts in Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa features a number of long white sand beaches with palm trees and gentle waves.
Get some cultural insight at Tsunami Photo Museum and Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Scuba & Snorkeling. Change things up with these side-trips from Hikkaduwa: Galle (Galle Fort & Antic Jewellery). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle Farm, view the masterpieces at Saffron Robes Gallery and Studio, and examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Hikkaduwa journey maker tool .

Getting from Habarana to Hikkaduwa by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. August in Hikkaduwa sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Galle, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Scuba & Snorkeling, Tsunami Photo Museum
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Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Sea Turtle Farm ©
Sea Turtle Farm

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Commonwealth War Cemetery. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Elephant Freedom Project and Kandy Garrison Cemetery. Change things up with these side-trips from Kandy: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Pinnawala Jumbos (in Kegalle). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at World Buddhist Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, and take an in-depth tour of Raja Museum.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kandy online trip itinerary maker .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Hikkaduwa to Kandy in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. On the 30th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kegalle, Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery

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