12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Sydney
Fly:  17 h 45 min
1
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Yala National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
5
Unawatuna
— 4 nights
Fly:  17 h 15 min
End: Sydney

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 20th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Knuckles Forest Reserve, thendon't miss a visit to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items. Here are some ideas for day two: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, thentee off at RB Tours Srilanka, thenadmire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, and finally make a trip to Galmaduwa temple kandy.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kandy trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Kandy is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Kandy is minus 4.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife Parks Golf

Side Trips

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

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 22nd (Tue): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, explore the galleries of Pethikada, thenmake a trip to Pidurangala Rock, and finally make a trip to Sigiriya. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Dambulla Royal Cave Temple, tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Temple of Dambulla, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sath Paththini Devalaya.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Sigiriya journey planner.

Getting from Kandy to Sigiriya by car takes about 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Dambulla, Spas
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): look for gifts at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, thentake your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, thensnap pictures at Nine Arches Bridge, and finally savor the flavors at Honey Bee Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, thenexplore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, and then indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Ella road trip tool.

Drive from Sigiriya to Ella in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to 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
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

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 26th (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Yala National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Ella to Yala National Park in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and flight. In December, daytime highs in Yala National Park are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Nature Parks
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Unawatuna: Mirissa (Parrot Rock Bridge, Mirissa Beach, &more) and Hikkaduwa (Hikkaduwa Beach & Community Tsunami Museum). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, tour the pleasant surroundings at Jungle Beach, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and stop by Made In Ceylon.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Unawatuna journey planning tool.

Traveling by car from Yala National Park to Unawatuna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and train. In December, daytime highs in Unawatuna are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

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