18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: New York City
Foot + Fly:  20 h 30 min
1
Negombo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Nuwara Eliya
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 15 min
4
Galle
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h
5
Kandy
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
Sigiriya
— 4 nights
Fly:  23 h
End: New York City

2
nights
Negombo

Located close to the international airport, Negombo has a reputation for being either the first or last taste of the country for visitors.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Church and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Anne's Church. On the 25th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Negombo day trip app.

New York City, USA to Negombo is an approximately 24-hour flight. Traveling from New York City to Negombo, you'll lose 10.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Negombo when traveling from New York City in August, with lows around 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Negombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Spas

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 26th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Muthiyangana Raja Maha Viharaya, thenmake a trip to Demodara Loop, thenadmire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden, and finally look for gifts at R. M. S Antique And Brassware. On the 27th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: Head underground at Ravana's Cave and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Trail Ella.

For maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Ella sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Negombo to Ella takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Negombo in August: highs in Ella hover around 92°F, while lows dip to 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Muthiyangana Raja Maha Viharaya
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Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden
Muthiyangana Raja Maha Viharaya ©
Muthiyangana Raja Maha Viharaya
Ravana's Cave ©
Ravana's Cave

2
nights
Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya ©
Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Moon Plains, take in the dramatic scenery at Mohini falls, and then tee off at Nuwara Eliya Golf Course. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then head outdoors with Devil's Staircase.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Nuwara Eliya trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Ella to Nuwara Eliya takes 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Galle.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Outdoors Golf Parks

Side Trip

Devil's Staircase
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Nuwara Eliya Golf Course ©
Nuwara Eliya Golf Course
Moon Plains ©
Moon Plains
Spas

3
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Get outdoors at Ahungalla Beach and Dalawella Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dutch Reformed Church and Spas. Venture out of the city with trips to Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center (in Kosgoda) and Sea Turtle Hatchery (in Ambalangoda). There's much more to do: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, look for gifts at Stick No Bills Poster Gallery, and examine the collection at Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Galle travel planning app.

Traveling by flight from Nuwara Eliya to Galle takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. August in Galle sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 79°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center, Ahungalla Beach, Sea Turtle Hatchery
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Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Dutch Reformed Church ©
Dutch Reformed Church

3
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.
Popular historic sites such as Kandy Garrison Cemetery and Asgiri Maha Vihara pirivena are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kandy War Cemetery and Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Kundasale. Step out of Kandy with an excursion to Elephant Freedom Project in Kegalle--about 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Red Mosque, and take an in-depth tour of Raja Museum.

To find photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kandy tour planner.

You can fly from Galle to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Kundasale, Elephant Freedom Project
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Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Lankathilaka Image House and Medirigiriya Vatadage. Do some cultural sightseeing at Thivanka Image House and Sathmahal Prasada. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sigiriya: Polonnaruwa (King’s Council Chamber & Nishshanka Latha Mandapaya). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of kaludiya Pokuna, take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis, and pick up a one of a kind souvenir at sigiri art gallery.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Sigiriya day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Sigiriya takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa, Dhilip De Alwis
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Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House
Sathmahal Prasada ©
Sathmahal Prasada
King’s Council Chamber ©
King’s Council Chamber

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