12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Bergen, Norway
Fly + Taxi:  21 h
1
Kandy
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  1 h 15 min
2
Mirissa
— 1 night
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  2 h 45 min
3
Ella
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Tissamaharama
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  2 h
5
Dambulla
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h
6
Colombo
— 3 nights
Fly:  18 h 15 min
End: Bergen, Norway

1
night
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 5th (Tue): explore and take pictures at Royal Botanical Gardens, then stroll the grounds of Kandy War Cemetery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally take an in-depth tour of Raja Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Kandy view point, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, then stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and finally stroll through Udawattekele Sanctuary.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kandy travel route planner.

Bergen, Norway to Kandy is an approximately 18.5- hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of ferry, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4.5 hours traveling from Bergen to Kandy. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Mirissa.

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
Mirissa

The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach, look for gifts at Dress Palace, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Mirissa online tour itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Mirissa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in March, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Ella.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dress Palace ©
Dress Palace

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Nine Arches Bridge, then take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Ella trip itinerary website.

Getting from Mirissa to Ella by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to drive to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Ella

Nature Parks
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

1
night
Tissamaharama

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Tissamaharama route planning tool.

Drive from Ella to Tissamaharama in 2 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Yala National Park
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis, and then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Dambulla road trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Tissamaharama to Dambulla in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Dambulla

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dhilip De Alwis, Minneriya National Park, Pidurangala Rock
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

3
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Colombo: Negombo (DIANA Souvenirs & Negombo Beach). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, get engrossed in the history at Colombo National Museum, don't miss a visit to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Colombo trip planner.

You can take a train from Dambulla to Colombo in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In March in Colombo, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Negombo
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Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara ©
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara

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