12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + taxi:  16​h 30​min
1
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Kandy
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 30​min
3
Haputale
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Galle
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: London

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.
On the 23rd (Wed), explore the fascinating underground world of The Golden Temple, look for gifts at Sigiriya Craft Village, and then make a trip to Sigiriya World Heritage Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Minneriya National Park.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Sigiriya online visit planner .

London, UK to Sigiriya is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of flight, train, and taxi. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from London to Sigiriya due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Minneriya National Park, Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

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.
Step out of Kandy to go to Pinnawala and see Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and look for all kinds of wild species at Udawattekele Sanctuary.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kandy day trip planner.

Getting from Sigiriya to Kandy by car takes about 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to drive to Haputale.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Haputale

Haputale ©
Nestled atop Uva, Sri Lanka's main mountain range, lies tranquil Haputale.
On the 28th (Mon), get great views at Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale, take in the views from Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, and then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Horton Plains National Park.

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Drive from Kandy to Haputale in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can go by car to Galle.

Things to do in Haputale

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Ella, Horton Plains National Park
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park

3
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 31st (Thu): kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Japanese Peace Pagoda, then enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, then stop by Embark, and finally contemplate the long history of Galle Fort.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Galle itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Haputale to Galle takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Mirissa, Unawatuna
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach

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