12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Bergen
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  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

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.
On the 5th (Tue), admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Commonwealth War Cemetery, then contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally see the interesting displays at Raja Museum. On the next day, make a trip to Kandy view point, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and finally identify plant and animal life at Udawattekele Sanctuary.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Kandy trip planner .

Bergen, Norway to Kandy is an approximately 21-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Bergen to Kandy. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to 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 ©
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, then look for gifts at Dress Palace, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

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Getting from Kandy to Mirissa by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, daytime highs in Mirissa are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Ella.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): take in the views from Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, and then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Ella online trip maker .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Mirissa to Ella in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Ella

Nature Parks
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch 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.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Tissamaharama trip planner .

Drive from Ella to Tissamaharama in 1.5 hours. March in Tissamaharama sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can 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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, then identify plant and animal life 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: look for all kinds of wild species at Minneriya National Park.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Dambulla trip planner .

Getting from Tissamaharama to Dambulla by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough 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
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Colombo side-trips: Negombo (Nature & Wildlife Tours, DIANA Souvenirs, & more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, pause for some serene contemplation at Borella All Saints Church, stroll through Viharamahadevi Park, and make a trip to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara.

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Getting from Dambulla to Colombo by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. In March in Colombo, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time 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 ©
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara ©
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara

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