12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Dambulla
— 1 night
2
Kandy
— 3 nights
3
Tissamaharama
— 2 nights
4
Ella
— 2 nights
5
Unawatuna
— 3 nights

1
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Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
On the 29th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock and then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Dambulla online journey builder.

Colombo to Dambulla is an approximately 2.5-hour combination of train and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Dambulla

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pidurangala Rock, Minneriya National Park
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kandy: Bambaragala Viharaya (in Teldeniya) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and explore the activities along Kandy Lake.

To find where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kandy trip planner.

Traveling by car from Dambulla to Kandy takes 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Bambaragala Viharaya, 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
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then explore the activities along Tissa Wewa, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Tissamaharama route tool.

Fly from Kandy to Tissamaharama in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. In April in Tissamaharama, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Yala National Park
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Safaris
Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara ©
Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara

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nights
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.
On the 5th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Kinellan Tea Factory, then admire the natural beauty at Ella Spice Garden, then snap pictures at Nine Arches Bridge, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak. On the 6th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, then explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, and then admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls.

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You can drive from Tissamaharama to Ella in 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Shopping
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge
Ravana Ella Falls ©
Ravana Ella Falls

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nights
Unawatuna

Palm-fringed beaches with golden sand, turquoise water, and a colorful coral reef are enough to draw any beachgoer to Unawatuna, but there's plenty to do off the beach here as well.
Get out of town with these interesting Unawatuna side-trips: Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa), Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching) and Sea Turtle Hatchery (in Ambalangoda). The adventure continues: stroll through Jungle Beach, contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Unawatuna trip planner.

You can drive from Ella to Unawatuna in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or fly. In April, daytime highs in Unawatuna are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Mirissa, Galle, Hikkaduwa Beach, Sea Turtle Hatchery
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort

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