12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly + Drive:  23 h 30 min
1
Negombo
— 1 night
Fly:  1 h
2
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 15 min
3
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  2 h
4
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Nuwara Eliya
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h 45 min
6
Colombo
— 1 night
Fly:  23 h 45 min
End: Newark

1
night
Negombo

Located close to the international airport, Negombo has a reputation for being either the first or last taste of the country for visitors.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): look for gifts at Selyn, kick back and relax at Negombo Beach, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Negombo vacation planner.

Newark, USA to Negombo is an approximately 23.5- hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Newark to Negombo, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. In April, Negombo is warmer than Newark - with highs of 90°F and lows of 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Negombo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Selyn ©
Selyn

2
nights
Sigiriya

Sigiriya ©
The historic rock of the same name dominates the landscape of World Heritage-listed Sigiriya, where the steep and striking lava plug contains the ruins of an ancient empire.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, explore the galleries of Pethikada, and then don't miss a visit to Sigiriya. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis, don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, and then stop by Vish Wood Carvings.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Sigiriya road trip planning site.

You can fly from Negombo to Sigiriya in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Golden Temple of Dambulla, Dhilip De Alwis
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

1
night
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.
On the 14th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Transit Home (ETH) and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park.

For maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Udawalawe National Park journey planning app.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Sigiriya to Udawalawe National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 91°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, then don't miss a visit to Royal Botanical Gardens, and then stroll through Hanthana Mountain Range.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kandy trip website.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Udawalawe National Park to Kandy takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

2
nights
Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya ©
Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
On the 17th (Fri), appreciate the extensive heritage of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country, explore the striking landscape of Horton Plains National Park, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kande-ela Reservoir. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Hakgala Botanic Gardens, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sita Temple, and then explore the activities along Gregory Lake.

To find more things to do and other tourist information, read our Nuwara Eliya tour itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya in 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Hakgala Botanic Gardens ©
Hakgala Botanic Gardens
Gregory Lake ©
Gregory Lake

1
night
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 19th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, stroll around Galle Face Green, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Colombo trip website.

Getting from Nuwara Eliya to Colombo by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Colombo are 92°F, while nighttime lows are 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Safaris
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

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