18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London
Fly + Taxi:  17 h
1
Hikkaduwa
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Mirissa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Weligatta
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Yala National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Udawalawe National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  4 h 45 min
6
Nilaveli
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Kalkudah
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  17 h 30 min
End: London

3
nights
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 Dolphin & Whale Watching and Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara. We've included these beaches for you: Jungle Beach and Ahungalla Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hikkaduwa: Lak Gems & Jewellery (in Unawatuna) and Bentota Beach (in Bentota). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Hikkaduwa Beach, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and see the interesting displays at Community Tsunami Museum.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Hikkaduwa trip itinerary tool.

London, UK to Hikkaduwa is an approximately 15- hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a 5.5 hour difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from London in April: high temperatures in Hikkaduwa hover around 39°C and lows are around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Mirissa.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Bentota, Ahungalla Beach, Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara ©
Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara

3
nights
Mirissa

The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Mirissa Beach and Matara Beach. Get in touch with nature at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa. When in Mirissa, make a side trip to see Handunugoda Tea Estate in Ahangama, approximately Ahangama away. There's still lots to do: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and explore the ancient world of Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara.

Discover how to plan a Mirissa trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Drive from Hikkaduwa to Mirissa in 1.5 hours. April in Mirissa sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Weligatta.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa, Matara Beach, Handunugoda Tea Estate
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Matara Beach ©
Matara Beach
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach

1
night
Weligatta

Weligatta ©
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bundala National Park.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Weligatta tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Mirissa to Weligatta in 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Weligatta

Parks Nature
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Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park

2
nights
Yala National Park

Yala National Park ©
One of the most popular national parks in the country, Yala National Park boasts a wide variety of animals, and does important work in conserving and growing populations.
On the 18th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kataragama Temple and then explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiri Vehera and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Yala National Park trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Weligatta to Yala National Park. In April, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Kataragama
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Kataragama Temple ©
Kataragama Temple
Kiri Vehera ©
Kiri Vehera

3
nights
Udawalawe National Park

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lakpura and Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage. Get in touch with nature at Udawalawe National Park and Elle Wala Waterfall. Change things up with a short trip to Sampath Gems in Ratnapura (about 42 minutes away). There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Transit Home (ETH).

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Udawalawe National Park journey planner.

You can drive from Yala National Park to Udawalawe National Park in 2 hours. In April in Udawalawe National Park, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Nilaveli.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage, Elle Wala Waterfall, Sampath Gems
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Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)
Lakpura ©
Lakpura
Elle Wala Waterfall ©
Elle Wala Waterfall

2
nights
Nilaveli

Nilaveli ©
The coastal resort town of Nilaveli draws visitors with its beaches, dive spots, and seaside hotels.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Nilaveli Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pigeon Island National Park and then stroll the grounds of Trincomalee War Cemetery.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Nilaveli trip planning app.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Udawalawe National Park to Nilaveli takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kalkudah.

Things to do in Nilaveli

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Trincomalee
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Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Pigeon Island National Park ©
Pigeon Island National Park

2
nights
Kalkudah

Kalkudah ©
On the 25th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Kallady Beach, then don't miss a visit to Batticaloa Gate, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Passikudah Beach.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kalkudah trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Nilaveli to Kalkudah takes 2.5 hours. On the 26th (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Kalkudah

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Batticaloa
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Passikudah Beach ©
Passikudah Beach
Kallady Beach ©
Kallady Beach
Batticaloa Gate ©
Batticaloa Gate

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