18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London
+2
Train + Fly + Taxi:  15 h
1
Galle
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Dikwella
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
3
Tissamaharama
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h
4
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Trincomalee
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Anuradhapura
— 3 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  3 h 30 min
7
Udawalawe National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  21 h 15 min
End: London

2
nights
Galle

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Visit Galle Fort and Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya for their historical value. Step off the beaten path and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and Mihiripenna Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Beruwala Beach (in Beruwala), Kosgoda (Kosgoda Turtle Care & Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center) and Ahungalla Beach (in Ahungalla). There's more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Church and kick back and relax at Jungle Beach.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Galle vacation maker site.

London, UK to Galle is an approximately 16- hour combination of train, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to India Standard Time (IST) is 5.5 hours. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from London in April: high temperatures in Galle hover around 39°C and lows are around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Dikwella.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Kosgoda, Beruwala Beach, Ahungalla Beach
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Mihiripenna Beach ©
Mihiripenna Beach

1
night
Dikwella

Dikwella ©
You've now added Tuk Tuk Safari Tangalle to your itinerary. On the 9th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa), then surround yourself with nature on Tuk Tuk Safari Tangalle, then enjoy the sea views from Tangalle Lighthouse, and finally view the masterpieces at Indika Art Gallery.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Dikwella trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Galle to Dikwella in 1.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Dikwella are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Dikwella

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Tangalle
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Tuk Tuk Safari Tangalle ©
Tuk Tuk Safari Tangalle
Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) ©
Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa)
Indika Art Gallery ©
Indika Art Gallery

2
nights
Tissamaharama

Tourism in Tissamaharama revolves around the town's vast historic and cultural heritage, with the surroundings of scenic paddy fields adding to the ambiance.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sella Kataragama Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiri Vehera, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bundala birds paradise and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Tissamaharama online journey builder.

Drive from Dikwella to Tissamaharama in 2 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Kataragama
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Safaris
Kiri Vehera ©
Kiri Vehera

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, then stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asgiri Maha Vihara pirivena, get a new perspective on nature at Natural Gems and Gemmological Museum, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy War Cemetery, and finally examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum.

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Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Tissamaharama to Kandy takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Mamangam Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Nilaveli Beach, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Mary's Cathedral, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Trincomalee trip planner.

You can drive from Kandy to Trincomalee in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Nilaveli Beach
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Shark Diving
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple ©
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple

3
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Sigiriya and Mihintale. Step off the beaten path and head to Ranmasu Uyana and Mirisaveti Stupa. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Anuradhapura: Habarana (Spas & Dhilip De Alwis). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate), make a trip to Moonstone or Sandakada pahana, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Anuradhapura day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Trincomalee to Anuradhapura takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Habarana, Sigiriya
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Ranmasu Uyana ©
Ranmasu Uyana

2
nights
Udawalawe National Park

One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
Elephant Transit Home (ETH) has been added to your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Udawalawe National Park and Safaris. When in Udawalawe National Park, make a side trip to see Sampath Gems in Ratnapura, approximately Ratnapura away.

For other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Udawalawe National Park trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Anuradhapura to Udawalawe National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. In April, daily temperatures in Udawalawe National Park can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Sampath Gems
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Safaris
Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)
Sampath Gems ©
Sampath Gems

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