12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Colombo
Fly + taxi:  1​h 45​min
1
Nuwara Eliya
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Mirissa
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
4
Kandy
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h
End: Colombo

3
nights
Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya ©
Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nuwara Eliya: Udawalawe National Park (in Uda Walawe National Park) and Ella (R. M. S Antique And Brassware, Little Adam's Peak, & more). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Horton Plains National Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sita Temple, contemplate the waterfront views at Kande-ela Reservoir, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Nuwara Eliya trip site .

Colombo to Nuwara Eliya is an approximately 2-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Ella, Udawalawe National Park
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Udawalawe National Park ©
Udawalawe National Park
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park

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 14th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, then take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada, and then stroll through Golden Temple of Dambulla. On the next day, make a trip to Pidurangala Rock and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park.

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Getting from Nuwara Eliya to Sigiriya by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Change things up with these side-trips from Mirissa: Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa), Galle (Galle Fort & Stick No Bills Poster Gallery) and Unawatuna (Japanese Peace Pagoda, Jungle Beach, & more). And it doesn't end there: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, relax in the rural setting at Nandana Tea Factory, and kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Mirissa itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Sigiriya to Mirissa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Mirissa are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Galle, Hikkaduwa Beach, Nandana Tea Factory
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Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kandy: Bambaragala Viharaya (in Teldeniya) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, and soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kandy tour itinerary planning site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Mirissa to Kandy takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Bambaragala Viharaya, 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

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