12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Valletta, Island of Malta
Fly:  15 h 45 min
1
Negombo
— 1 day
Drive:  6 h 45 min
2
Jaffna
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Polonnaruwa
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Sigiriya
— 1 night
Drive:  30 min
6
Habarana
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
8
Ella
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
9
Yala National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 15 min
10
Mirissa
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
11
Negombo
— 1 day
Fly:  15 h 45 min
End: Valletta, Island of Malta

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Negombo

Negombo ©
Located close to the international airport, Negombo has a reputation for being either the first or last taste of the country for visitors.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Church, contemplate the waterfront views at Dutch Canal, and then stop by Selyn.

For other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Negombo road trip planning app.

Valletta, Malta to Negombo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll lose 4.5 hours traveling from Valletta to Negombo due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Valletta in October: high temperatures in Negombo hover around 35°C and lows are around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Jaffna.

Things to do in Negombo

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Dutch Canal ©
Dutch Canal
Selyn ©
Selyn

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nights
Jaffna

Jaffna ©
A center of Tamil culture, the city of Jaffna remains in the process of rebuilding after suffering greatly during the civil war.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kadurugoda Buddhist Temple, pause for some photo ops at Maruthanamadam Anjaneyar Temple, thencontemplate the long history of Jaffna Fort, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nallur Kovil.

For reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Jaffna road trip planner.

You can drive from Negombo to Jaffna in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of taxi and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Nallur Kovil ©
Nallur Kovil
Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil ©
Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil
Kadurugoda Buddhist Temple ©
Kadurugoda Buddhist Temple

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night
Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura ©
Explore the well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sri Lankan civilization and its former capital at Anuradhapura, a World Heritage Site and erstwhile center of Theravada Buddhism set amidst peaceful green parks.
On the 27th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mihintale, thenadmire the landmark architecture of Ruwanwelisaya, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Isurumuniya Temple.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Anuradhapura day trip planning app.

You can drive from Jaffna to Anuradhapura in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can go by car to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi

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night
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
On the 28th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Polonnaruwa, get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum, appreciate the history behind Polonnaruwa Vatadage, thenpause for some photo ops at Gal Vihara, and finally pause for some photo ops at Statue of Parakramabahu I.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Polonnaruwa trip planning app.

Getting from Anuradhapura to Polonnaruwa by car takes about 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Oct 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa
Gal Vihara ©
Gal Vihara
Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage

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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 29th (Thu), make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, and then see the interesting displays at Sigiriya Museum.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Sigiriya driving holiday planning site.

Drive from Polonnaruwa to Sigiriya in 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can go by car to Habarana.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Oct 29 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock
Sigiriya Museum ©
Sigiriya Museum

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hours
Habarana

Habarana ©
Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Habarana Buddhist Temple and then stroll through Dhilip De Alwis.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Habarana trip planning website.

Habarana is very close to Sigiriya. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Kandy.

Things to do in Habarana

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 30 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Dhilip De Alwis ©
Dhilip De Alwis
Habarana Buddhist Temple ©
Habarana Buddhist Temple

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kandy travel site.

You can drive from Habarana to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can drive to Ella.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 30 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

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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.
On the 31st (Sat), look for gifts at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Ella driving holiday planner.

Drive from Kandy to Ella in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Sun) before leaving for Yala National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Nature Parks Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 1:
Highlights from your plan
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Ravana Ella Falls ©
Ravana Ella Falls
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge

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Yala National Park

Yala National Park ©
One of the most popular national parks in the country, Yala National Park boasts a wide variety of animals, and does important work in conserving and growing populations.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiri Vehera.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Yala National Park road trip planning tool.

Drive from Ella to Yala National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight. In November, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Mirissa.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kiri Vehera
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 2:
Highlights from your plan
Kiri Vehera ©
Kiri Vehera

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night
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Mirissa Beach, and then stop by LAZY.RIDE.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Mirissa online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Yala National Park to Mirissa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in November, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can drive to Negombo.

Things to do in Mirissa

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Nov 2 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Spas
LAZY.RIDE ©
LAZY.RIDE

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Negombo

Negombo ©
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): make a trip to Angurukaramulla Temple, browse for treasures at Kalpana's Batik & Souvenirs, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Anne's Church, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Sebastian’s Church, thenkick back and relax at Negombo Beach, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Church.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Negombo online trip maker.

You can drive from Mirissa to Negombo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Negombo

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
St. Sebastian’s Church ©
St. Sebastian’s Church
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Kalpana's Batik & Souvenirs ©
Kalpana's Batik & Souvenirs