12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Chennai
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Galle
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h
2
Kandy
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Trincomalee
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Colombo
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Chennai

3
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Change things up with these side-trips from Galle: Mirissa (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Mirissa Beach). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, look for gifts at Lak Gems & Jewellery, make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda, and identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle Conservation Project (Koggala).

To find reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Galle visit website .

Chennai, India to Galle is an approximately 5-hour flight. In December, daytime highs in Galle are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Mirissa, Sea Turtle Conservation Project (Koggala)
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Sinharaja Forest Reserve ©
Sinharaja Forest Reserve
Dolphin & Whale Watching

4
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kandy: Sigiriya (in Sigiriya), Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Dambulla (Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs & Golden Temple of Dambulla). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and identify plant and animal life at Udawattekele Sanctuary.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kandy road trip 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) to allow time to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Dambulla, Sigiriya, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Royal Botanical Gardens
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya

2
nights
Trincomalee

Trincomalee ©
A center of Tamil culture and language, Trincomalee suffered greatly during the 30-year civil war, but the troubles haven't dimmed the natural and cultural charms of the place.
On the 31st (Tue), kick back and relax at Marble Beach, see the interesting displays at Hoods Tower Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Koneswaram Temple, and finally learn about all things military at Sri Lanka Navy Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Velgam Vehera, enjoy the sand and surf at Nilaveli Beach, stroll the grounds of Trincomalee War Cemetery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mamangam Temple.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Trincomalee trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Trincomalee takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Nilaveli Beach
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Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery

2
nights
Colombo

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 2nd (Thu), walk around Galle Face Green, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Independence Memorial Hall, and finally make a trip to Independence Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Negombo Beach, then don't miss a visit to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, and then explore the galleries of Ganeshism Studio Gallery.

To see where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Colombo day trip app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Trincomalee to Colombo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Colombo can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Negombo Beach
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Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

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