12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Galle
— 3 nights
2
Kandy
— 2 nights
3
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
4
Ella
— 1 night
5
Yala National Park
— 1 night
6
Dambulla
— 3 nights

3
nights
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 Bentota Beach (in Bentota), Hikkaduwa (Hikkaduwa Beach & Community Tsunami Museum) and Mirissa (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Mirissa Beach). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda, buy something for everyone on your list at Antic Gem and Jewellery Collection, and stroll through Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Galle trip itinerary builder tool.

Singapore, Singapore to Galle is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You'll gain 2.5 hours traveling from Singapore to Galle due to the time zone difference. In December, daily temperatures in Galle can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Mirissa, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery, Bentota Beach
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

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.
On the 29th (Sun), explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, thenlook for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, and finally explore the activities along Kandy Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Hanthana Mountain Range, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Royal Botanical Gardens, and then make a trip to Kandy view point.

To find maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kandy trip itinerary planning tool.

Fly from Galle to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Udawalawe National Park.

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
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): stroll through Udawalawe National Park.

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Traveling by car from Kandy to Udawalawe National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. December in Udawalawe National Park sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, thenadmire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden, and finally stop by R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Ella road trip planning site.

You can drive from Udawalawe National Park to Ella in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge
Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Yala National Park trip builder.

Traveling by car from Ella to Yala National Park takes 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Yala National Park are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Parks Nature
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park

3
nights
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
On the 3rd (Fri), make a trip to Sigiriya, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis, and then stroll through Golden Temple of Dambulla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, explore the galleries of Pethikada, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Dambulla online trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Yala National Park to Dambulla in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Euphoria Spice and Herbal, Dhilip De Alwis, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

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