18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Dambulla
— 1 night
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Pinnawala
— 1 night
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Kandy
— 3 nights
4
Ella
— 3 nights
5
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
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Yala National Park
— 2 nights
7
Kalametiya
— 2 nights
8
Galle
— 4 nights

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Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, and then delve into the distant past at Sigiriya Fortress. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dambulla Royal Cave Temple.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Dambulla itinerary planner.

Colombo to Dambulla is an approximately 2.5-hour combination of train and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Pinnawala.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

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Must see
Sigiriya Fortress
4.6
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Landmark
Pidurangala Rock
4.8

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Pinnawala

Pinnawala ©
The main attraction in Pinnawala is undoubtedly its elephant orphanage.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Millennium Elephant Foundation, stroll through Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, and then see the top attractions with See Lanka Travels.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Pinnawala visit website.

Drive from Dambulla to Pinnawala in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight. In December, daytime highs in Pinnawala are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Pinnawala

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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Must see
See Lanka Travels
5.0

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.
Kandy is known for historic sites, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, play a few rounds at MERVEILLES DU SRI LANKA, and stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items.

To find out how to plan a trip to Kandy, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Pinnawala to Kandy in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Kandy

Side Trips

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Water Body
Kandy Lake
3.9

3
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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.
Go for a jaunt from Ella to Nuwara Eliya to see Hakgala Botanic Gardens about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour, enjoy some diversion at dee tattoo studio ella, and take in nature's colorful creations at Ella Spice Garden.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Ella journey builder website.

You can drive from Kandy to Ella in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Classes · Fun & Games

Side Trip

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Geologic Formation
Ella Rock
4.8

1
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): stroll through Udawalawe National Park.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Udawalawe National Park online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Ella to Udawalawe National Park takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can go by car to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Nature · Wildlife · Parks

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Yala National Park trip app.

Traveling by car from Udawalawe National Park to Yala National Park takes 2 hours. In December in Yala National Park, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kalametiya.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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Safari
Safaris
4.7
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National Park
Yala National Park
2.7
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Off-Road Tour
Off-Road Tours
4.6

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Kalametiya

Kalametiya ©
On the 12th (Sat), kick back and relax at Kahandamodara Beach, take an exotic tour of UP Travels & Tours - Excursions, and then stroll through Kalametiya Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sun): explore the galleries of Indika Art Gallery, take in the pleasant sights at Tuk Tuk Suranga, then get up close to creatures of the deep with Two Daughters Travel, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Tangalle Lighthouse.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kalametiya trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yala National Park to Kalametiya. In December, daily temperatures in Kalametiya can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Galle.

Things to do in Kalametiya

Outdoors · Wildlife · Transportation · Beaches

Side Trips

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Dolphin / Whale Watching
Two Daughters Travel
5.0
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Art Gallery
Indika Art Gallery
5.0

4
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Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Venture out of the city with trips to Mirissa (Mirissa Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching, &more), Kowilawatta Temple (in Balapitiya) and Bentota Beach (in Bentota). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sinharaja Forest Reserve, kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, and stop by Made In Ceylon.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Galle visit planner.

You can drive from Kalametiya to Galle in 2.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Galle can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Galle

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 13 — 17:
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Must see
Galle Fort
4.4
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Dolphin / Whale Watching
Dolphin & Whale Watching
3.6

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