12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Unawatuna
— 2 nights
2
Yala National Park
— 1 night
3
Ella
— 2 nights
4
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
5
Kandy
— 3 nights

2
nights
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.
Explore Unawatuna's surroundings by going to Hikkaduwa (Hikkaduwa Beach & Community Tsunami Museum) and Mirissa (Coconut Tree Hill, Dolphin & Whale Watching, &more). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, stroll through Jungle Beach, and stop by Made In Ceylon.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Unawatuna trip planner.

London, UK to Unawatuna is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Unawatuna is 5.5 hours. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from London in December; daily highs in Unawatuna reach °C and lows reach °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can drive to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mirissa, Hikkaduwa, Galle Fort
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

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.
On the 27th (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park.

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You can drive from Unawatuna to Yala National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and taxi. December in Yala National Park sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Parks Nature
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park

2
nights
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 28th (Mon): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, thentake your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, thensnap pictures at Nine Arches Bridge, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Tue): indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, thenexplore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Ella day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Yala National Park to Ella takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can go by car to Sigiriya.

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
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

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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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Sigiriya, don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis. On the 31st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sath Paththini Devalaya, thenexplore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Dambulla Royal Cave Temple, and finally view the masterpieces at Pethikada.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Sigiriya trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ella to Sigiriya takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Knuckles Forest Reserve, don't miss a visit to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asgiri Maha Vihara pirivena, and finally explore the activities along Kandy Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, stop by Pinnawala Handicrafts Emporium, thenstroll through Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahamevnawa Amadahara Buddhist Monastery Pinnawala.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kandy trip maker site.

You can drive from Sigiriya to Kandy in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pinnawala, Knuckles Forest Reserve, 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

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