18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru
Fly + taxi:  7​h 45​min
1
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Kandy
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
3
Mirissa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Hikkaduwa
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
5
Ella
— 2 nights
6
Polonnaruwa
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h
7
Waikkal
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Bengaluru

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): don't miss a visit to Isurumuniya Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Dhilip De Alwis, then make a trip to Mihintale, and then don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba.

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Anuradhapura trip planner.

Bengaluru, India to Anuradhapura is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Dhilip De Alwis
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Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba

2
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.
On the 24th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Royal Botanical Gardens, contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Udawattekele Sanctuary, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy War Cemetery, then engage your brain at Natural Gems and Gemmological Museum, and finally pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kandy trip planner .

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Natural Gems and Gemmological Museum ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery

2
nights
Mirissa

The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
On the 26th (Thu), look for gifts at LAZY.RIDE, enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Outdoor Activities, then relax in the rural setting at Handunugoda Tea Estate, and then appreciate the history behind Kushta Raja Gala.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Mirissa trip app .

Getting from Kandy to Mirissa by combination of flight and taxi takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Kayaking & Canoeing, Kushta Raja Gala, Handunugoda Tea Estate
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing

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.
Kids will enjoy Ahungalla Beach and Jungle Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Scuba & Snorkeling and Tsunami Honganji Vihara. Get out of town with these interesting Hikkaduwa side-trips: Japanese Peace Pagoda (in Unawatuna), Bentota Beach (in Bentota) and Galle Fort (in Galle). It doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Community Tsunami Museum.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Hikkaduwa online vacation planner .

You can drive from Mirissa to Hikkaduwa in 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Hikkaduwa are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Ella.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Galle Fort, Ahungalla Beach, Bentota Beach
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Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota 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 31st (Tue): see the interesting displays at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, then take in nature's colorful creations at Ella Spice Garden, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, and finally snap pictures at Demodara Nine Arch Bridge. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, and then make a trip to Demodara Loop.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Ella trip maker tool .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Hikkaduwa to Ella in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Shopping
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Spice Garden ©
Ella Spice Garden
Demodara Loop ©
Demodara Loop

4
nights
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Gal Vihara and Polonnaruwa Vatadage. Venture out of the city with trips to Dambulla (Golden Temple of Dambulla & Popham's Arboretum), Sigiriya (Sigiriya & Pidurangala Rock) and Nalanda Gedige (in Matale). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Somawathiya Stupa, delve into the distant past at King’s Council Chamber, and go for a walk through Medirigiriya Vatadage.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Polonnaruwa vacation builder site .

Traveling by car from Ella to Polonnaruwa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Dambulla, Nalanda Gedige
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Somawathiya Stupa ©
Somawathiya Stupa
Gal Vihara ©
Gal Vihara

2
nights
Waikkal

Waikkal ©
Negombo Beach has been added to your itinerary. On the 6th (Mon), look for gifts at ASDA Gem & Jewellery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Anne’s Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Sebastian’s Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Anne's Church, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Negombo Beach.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Waikkal trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Polonnaruwa to Waikkal in 4.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Waikkal

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Negombo, St. Anne’s Church
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Dutch Canal ©
Dutch Canal
St. Sebastian’s Church ©
St. Sebastian’s Church

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