12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Singapore
+2
Fly + taxi + train:  12​h 45​min
1
Galle
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h
2
Kandy
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h
3
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Ella
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Yala National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
6
Dambulla
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Singapore

3
nights
Galle

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Explore Galle's surroundings by going to Mirissa (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Mirissa Beach), Bentota Beach (in Bentota) and Hikkaduwa (Hikkaduwa Beach & Community Tsunami Museum). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, don't miss a visit to Japanese Peace Pagoda, kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, and stroll through Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Galle travel route planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Galle is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Singapore Time to India Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. December in Galle sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mirissa, Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna, 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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, and finally explore the activities along Kandy Lake. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hanthana Mountain Range, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, and then don't miss a visit to Kandy view point.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Kandy online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Galle to Kandy by combination of taxi and flight takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Uda Walawe 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
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Uda Walawe National Park.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Uda Walawe National Park trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Uda Walawe National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In December, daytime highs in Uda Walawe National Park are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Udawalawe National Park ©
Udawalawe National Park

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.
On the 1st (Wed), snap pictures at Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, then take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden, and finally see the interesting displays at R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Ella driving holiday planner.

Getting from Uda Walawe National Park to Ella by car takes about 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch 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 maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Yala National Park visit website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ella to Yala National Park. In January, daytime highs in Yala National Park are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Nature Parks
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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), delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, then stroll through Dhilip De Alwis, and then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, then view the masterpieces at Pethikada, and then stroll through Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Dambulla trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Yala National Park to Dambulla takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. On the 5th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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