12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Colombo
Drive:  1 h 45 min
1
Nuwara Eliya
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
2
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
3
Mirissa
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 15 min
4
Kandy
— 3 nights
Train + Taxi:  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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ella (R. M. S Antique And Brassware, Little Adam's Peak, &more) and Udawalawe National Park (in Udawalawe National Park). There's lots more to do: stroll through Horton Plains National Park, explore the activities along Kande-ela Reservoir, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sita Temple, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country.

For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Nuwara Eliya day trip website.

Colombo to Nuwara Eliya is an approximately 5.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive 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
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden

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): delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, thentake in the exciting artwork at Pethikada, and then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Pidurangala Rock and then explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Sigiriya itinerary tool.

Drive from Nuwara Eliya to Sigiriya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Nature 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: Galle (Galle Fort & Stick No Bills Poster Gallery), Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa) and Unawatuna (Japanese Peace Pagoda, Jungle Beach, &more). The adventure continues: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach, and experience rural life at Nandana Tea Factory.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Mirissa travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Sigiriya to Mirissa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Mirissa are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

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

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: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Bambaragala Viharaya (in Teldeniya). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, explore and take pictures at Royal Botanical Gardens, and stroll through Knuckles Forest Reserve.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kandy trip itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Mirissa to Kandy in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Knuckles Forest Reserve, Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Bambaragala Viharaya
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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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