18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Kandy
— 1 night
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Habarana
— 3 nights
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Anuradhapura
— 3 nights
4
Nilaveli
— 1 night
5
Kalkudah
— 1 night
6
Rekawa
— 1 night
7
Unawatuna
— 5 nights

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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 27th (Thu): explore the activities along Kandy Lake, stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then appreciate the history behind Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, and finally stroll the grounds of Kandy War Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, then don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, and then stroll through Udawattekele Sanctuary.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kandy travel itinerary planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Kandy is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Traveling from Zurich to Kandy, you'll lose 4.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Habarana.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature

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Habarana

Habarana ©
Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
Get a sense of the local culture at Sigiriya Fortress and Golden Temple of Dambulla. Step off the beaten path and head to Polonnaruwa Vatadage and Hurulu Eco Park. Spend the 29th (Sat) exploring nature at Kaudulla National Park. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis and view the masterpieces at Pethikada.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Habarana trip planner.

Drive from Kandy to Habarana in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Habarana

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

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Sigiriya Fortress
4.6

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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Isurumuniya Temple and Mahamevnawa Dhammachethiya Buddhist Monastery Anuradhapura. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi and Jethawanaramaya Dagoba. And it doesn't end there: pause for some photo ops at Abhayagiri Dagaba, get outside with Eth Pokuna, take in the views from Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya, and admire the landmark architecture of Ruwanwelisaya.

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Getting from Habarana to Anuradhapura by car takes about 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Nilaveli.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature · Parks
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Abhayagiri Dagaba
4.5

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Nilaveli

Nilaveli ©
The coastal resort town of Nilaveli draws visitors with its beaches, dive spots, and seaside hotels.
On the 4th (Fri), stroll the grounds of Trincomalee War Cemetery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, then kick back and relax at Trincomalee Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Nilaveli Beach.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Nilaveli vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Nilaveli takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to drive to Kalkudah.

Things to do in Nilaveli

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

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Kalkudah

Kalkudah ©
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): kick back and relax at Passikudah Beach.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kalkudah trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nilaveli to Kalkudah takes 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Rekawa.

Things to do in Kalkudah

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks
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Passikudah Beach
4.4

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Rekawa

Rekawa ©
A small town with a laidback vibe squeezed between the ocean and the shores of a rich lagoon surrounded by mangroves, Rekawa draws visitors throughout the year with a pioneering turtle conservation project, the most notable tourist attraction in Rekawa.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): stroll through Kahandamodara Beach, then explore the ancient world of Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara, then enjoy the sand and surf at Amanwella Silent Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa). Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Tangalle Lagoon, then enjoy the sand and surf at Medilla Beach, and then kick back and relax at Mawella Beach.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Rekawa trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Kalkudah to Rekawa takes 7 hours. In January in Rekawa, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Unawatuna.

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Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Palm-fringed beaches with golden sand, turquoise water, and a colorful coral reef are enough to draw any beachgoer to Unawatuna, but there's plenty to do off the beach here as well.
Get outdoors at Mirissa Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ahungalla Beach and Dutch Reformed Church. Explore Unawatuna's surroundings by going to Mirissa (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Spas & Wellness), Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project (in Kosgoda) and Sea Turtle Protection Association (in Bentota). There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Unawatuna trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Rekawa to Unawatuna in 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Unawatuna are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. You'll set off for home on the 12th (Sat).

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

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Mirissa Beach
4.3
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Ahungalla Beach
4.3

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