18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Bengaluru
Fly + Taxi:  7 h 45 min
1
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Kandy
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  1 h 15 min
3
Mirissa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Hikkaduwa
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 45 min
5
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
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.
On the 21st (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Isurumuniya Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Dhilip De Alwis, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mihintale, and then don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Anuradhapura trip planning website.

Bengaluru, India to Anuradhapura is an approximately 8- hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

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, take in the spiritual surroundings 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
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Natural Gems and Gemmological Museum ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): stop by LAZY.RIDE, then kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, experience rural life at Handunugoda Tea Estate, and then appreciate the history behind Kushta Raja Gala.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Mirissa trip maker site.

Getting from Kandy to Mirissa by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In December in Mirissa, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Kushta Raja Gala, Handunugoda Tea Estate, Kayaking & Canoeing
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:
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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Scuba & Snorkeling and Ahungalla Beach. Attractions like Jungle Beach and Bentota Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hikkaduwa: Galle Fort (in Galle) and Japanese Peace Pagoda (in Unawatuna). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Tsunami Honganji Vihara and examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Hikkaduwa trip website.

Traveling by car from Mirissa to Hikkaduwa takes 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Ella.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Bentota Beach, Galle Fort, Ahungalla 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): stop by R. M. S Antique And Brassware, 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 take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge. On the next day, take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, and then don't miss a visit to Demodara Loop.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Ella tour itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Hikkaduwa to Ella in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Gal Vihara and Polonnaruwa Vatadage. Explore Polonnaruwa's surroundings by going to Dambulla (Golden Temple of Dambulla & Popham's Arboretum), Nalanda Gedige (in Matale) and Sigiriya (Sigiriya & Pidurangala Rock). The adventure continues: make a trip to Sandakada Pahana, explore the ancient world of King’s Council Chamber, contemplate the long history of Medirigiriya Vatadage, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Somawathiya Stupa.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Polonnaruwa trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Ella to Polonnaruwa in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Waikkal.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Dambulla, Sigiriya, Nalanda Gedige
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Somawathiya Stupa ©
Somawathiya Stupa
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla

2
nights
Waikkal

Waikkal ©
Negombo Beach has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit 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, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Sebastian’s Church, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Anne's Church, and finally stroll through Negombo Beach.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Waikkal day trip planner.

You can drive from Polonnaruwa to Waikkal in 4.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Waikkal can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to 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
St. Sebastian’s Church ©
St. Sebastian’s Church
Dutch Canal ©
Dutch Canal

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