12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly + Drive:  23 h 30 min
1
Negombo
— Few hours
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 15 min
2
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Sigiriya
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Matale
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
5
Hatton
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Nuwara Eliya
— 1 night
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  2 h 15 min
7
Tissamaharama
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h 45 min
8
Negombo
— Few hours
Drive + Fly:  23 h 30 min
End: Newark

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Negombo

Negombo ©
Located close to the international airport, Negombo has a reputation for being either the first or last taste of the country for visitors.
On the 9th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Sebastian’s Church and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Anne's Church.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Negombo trip planner.

Newark, USA to Negombo is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Newark to Negombo, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. In March, Negombo is warmer than Newark - with highs of 90°F and lows of 75°F. On the 9th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Negombo

Historic Sites
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St. Sebastian’s Church ©
St. Sebastian’s Church

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Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura ©
Explore the well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sri Lankan civilization and its former capital at Anuradhapura, a World Heritage Site and erstwhile center of Theravada Buddhism set amidst peaceful green parks.
On the 9th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Anuradhapura trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Negombo to Anuradhapura in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites
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Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi

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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sigiriya: Avukana Buddha Statue (in Kekirawa) and Golden Temple of Dambulla (in Dambulla). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Sigiriya, examine the collection at Sigiriya Museum, explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park, and explore the galleries of Pethikada.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Sigiriya trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Sigiriya takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Matale.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dhilip De Alwis, Golden Temple of Dambulla, Minneriya National Park, Avukana Buddha Statue
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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Matale

Matale ©
A regional city in the middle of the island, Matale has become known as a center of agriculture.
On the 14th (Sat), admire the natural beauty at Highland Spice Garden, admire the natural beauty at Euphoria Spice and Herbal, admire the natural beauty at Ranweli Spice Garden, then Head underground at Aluvihara Rock Cave Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Muthumariamman Temple.

To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Matale trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Matale takes 2 hours. March in Matale sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 75°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Hatton.

Things to do in Matale

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Euphoria Spice and Herbal ©
Euphoria Spice and Herbal
Aluvihara Rock Cave Temple ©
Aluvihara Rock Cave Temple
Ranweli Spice Garden ©
Ranweli Spice Garden

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Hatton

Hatton ©
Hatton is a town in the Nuwara Eliya District of Central Province, Sri Lanka governed by the Hatton-Dickoya Urban Council. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Warleigh Church, explore the activities along Castlereagh Reservoir, and then look for gifts at Mlesna Tea Castle.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Hatton day trip planning site .

You can drive from Matale to Hatton in 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Hatton

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Mlesna Tea Castle, Warleigh Church
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Warleigh Church ©
Warleigh Church
Castlereagh Reservoir ©
Castlereagh Reservoir
Mlesna Tea Castle ©
Mlesna Tea Castle

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Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya ©
Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sita Temple, appreciate the extensive heritage of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country, and then explore the activities along Gregory Lake.

For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Nuwara Eliya online trip planner .

You can drive from Hatton to Nuwara Eliya in 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Sita Temple ©
Sita Temple
Gregory Lake ©
Gregory Lake

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Tissamaharama

Tourism in Tissamaharama revolves around the town's vast historic and cultural heritage, with the surroundings of scenic paddy fields adding to the ambiance.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Bundala National Park.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Tissamaharama road trip app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Nuwara Eliya to Tissamaharama takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In March in Tissamaharama, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Negombo.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Bundala National Park
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Safaris
Off-Road Tours
Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park

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Negombo

Negombo
For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Negombo online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Tissamaharama to Negombo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. On the 18th (Wed), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Negombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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