12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Jaipur
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Colombo
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Galle
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
3
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Kandy
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
5
Tissamaharama
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Ella
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Jaipur

3
nights
Colombo

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Step out of Colombo to go to Negombo and see Negombo Beach, which is approximately 52 minutes away. There's lots more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, stop by Stone 'N' String, and wander the streets of Independence Square.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Colombo trip app .

Jaipur, India to Colombo is an approximately 7-hour flight. While traveling from Jaipur, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Colombo, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Negombo Beach
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

2
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Hikkaduwa Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Unawatuna Beach, and then stroll through Jungle Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Embark and then contemplate the long history of Galle Fort.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Galle trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Colombo to Galle in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. On the 27th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Galle

Beaches Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Jungle Beach, Hikkaduwa Beach
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Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa 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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): 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 browse for treasures at sigiri art gallery.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Sigiriya trip simple and quick.

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 (Tue) early enough 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

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 29th (Tue), explore the activities along Kandy Lake, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens. On the 30th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, then pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, then identify plant and animal life at Udawattekele Sanctuary, and finally examine the collection at Raja Museum.

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kandy online vacation maker .

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Kandy takes 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tissamaharama.

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

2
nights
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 31st (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Tissamaharama trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Tissamaharama in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. In May, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Yala National Park
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park

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 1st (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock and then admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Ella trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Tissamaharama to Ella in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ella

Nature Parks
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ravana Ella Falls ©
Ravana Ella Falls
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge

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