18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Kochi (Cochin)
Fly + Taxi:  6​h 45​min
1
Galle
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Udawalawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Kandy
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Polonnaruwa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Colombo
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
End: Kochi (Cochin)

4
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
You've added Bentota Beach, Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya, Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct, and other attractions to your itinerary. Bring the kids along to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Head to Exotic Roots and Embarkfor some retail therapy. Change things up with these side-trips from Galle: Sea Turtle Protection Association (in Bentota), Seenigama Muhudu Viharaya (in Hikkaduwa) and Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center (in Kosgoda). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, look for gifts at Stick No Bills Poster Gallery, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Mary's Church.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Galle trip planning website .

Kochi (Cochin), India to Galle is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Udawalawa.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bentota, Unawatuna, Seenigama Muhudu Viharaya, Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Udawalawa

Udawalawa ©
You've now added Udawalawe Nationalpark Elefant Trail to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Udawalawe Nationalpark Elefant Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Udawalawa Safari.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Udawalawa online trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Galle to Udawalawa in 3 hours. June in Udawalawa sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Udawalawa

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Lakpura LLC
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Udawalawe Trails ©
Udawalawe Trails
Lakpura LLC ©
Lakpura LLC

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Natha Devale, World Buddhist Museum, National Museum Kandy, and other attractions. Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Commonwealth War Cemetery will appeal to history buffs. For shopping fun, head to Kandy City Center or Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Kandy Lake, look for all kinds of wild species at Udawattekele Sanctuary, see the interesting displays at Kandy Brasswear Village, and don't miss a visit to Kandy view point.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kandy online trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Udawalawa to Kandy in 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Museums Nature
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery

3
nights
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Polonnaruwa Vatadage and Polonnaruwa. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Polonnaruwa Archaeological Ruins and Lanka Silks. Venture out of the city with trips to Minneriya National Park (in Habarana) and The Golden Temple (in Dambulla). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Lankathilaka Image House and take in the spiritual surroundings of Gal Potha.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Polonnaruwa day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Kandy to Polonnaruwa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Minneriya National Park, Lanka Silks, Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Gal Potha ©
Gal Potha

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Short Handed Statue. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Maha Boodhi Temple, then delve into the distant past at Moonstone or Sandakada pahana, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Wilpattu National Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Anuradhapura trip planning site .

Getting from Polonnaruwa to Anuradhapura by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to take a train to Colombo.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Wilpattu National Park ©
Wilpattu National Park
Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna) ©
Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna)

3
nights
Colombo

Colombo ©
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
On the 23rd (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Negombo Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Church, then look for gifts at Barefoot, and finally look for gifts at Stone 'N' String. On your second day here, get outside with Outdoor Activities, then stop by Laksala, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Colombo online itinerary maker .

Take a train from Anuradhapura to Colombo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and flight. In June, daily temperatures in Colombo can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Shopping Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Negombo, Kalutara Bodhiya
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Barefoot ©
Barefoot
Kalutara Bodhiya ©
Kalutara Bodhiya
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach

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