12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Singapore
+2
Fly + taxi + train:  10​h
1
Galle
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
2
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Kandy
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h
4
Colombo
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Singapore

3
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Get out of town with these interesting Galle side-trips: Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, stop by Stick No Bills Poster Gallery, and pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch Reformed Church.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Galle road trip planning website .

Singapore, Singapore to Galle is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi. The time zone changes from Singapore Time to India Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Mirissa
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): explore the fascinating underground world of The Golden Temple, look for gifts at Lanka Silks, then make a trip to Sigiriya World Heritage Site, and finally stop by sigiri art gallery.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Sigiriya trip tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Galle to Sigiriya takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Lanka Silks ©
Lanka Silks

3
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kandy: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Pinnawala Zoo (in Rambukkana). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, look for all kinds of wild species at Udawattekele Sanctuary, stop by Kandy City Center, and pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kandy trip site .

You can drive from Sigiriya to Kandy in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Negombo (Negombo Beach & Dutch Fort). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, make a trip to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, get engrossed in the history at Colombo National Museum, and wander the streets of Independence Square.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Colombo tour planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Colombo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. In April in Colombo, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. On the 4th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

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

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