12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Glasgow, Scotland
Fly + Drive:  21 h 45 min
1
Naula
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Dambulla
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Kandy
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 15 min
4
Galle
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
5
Colombo
— 2 nights
Fly:  18 h 30 min
End: Glasgow, Scotland

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Naula

Naula ©
On the 26th (Mon), stop by Karu Arts & Crafts.

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Glasgow, UK to Naula is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Glasgow to Naula is 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Naula

Shopping
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Karu Arts & Crafts ©
Karu Arts & Crafts

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Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
On the 27th (Tue), look for gifts at Lanka Silks, then step into the grandiose world of Golden Cave Temple, and then Head underground at The Golden Temple.

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You can drive from Naula to Dambulla in an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Dambulla

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Lanka Silks
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Lanka Silks ©
Lanka Silks

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Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Get some historical perspective at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Royal Palace of Kandy. For shopping fun, head to Jayamali Batiks Studio or Kandy City Center. Take a break from Kandy with a short trip to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala, about 1h 15 min away. There's more to do: explore the activities along Kandy Lake and look for all kinds of wild species at Udawattekele Sanctuary.

For photos and more tourist information, read our Kandy trip planner.

Getting from Dambulla to Kandy by car takes about 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Knuckles Forest Reserve
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

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Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
On the 31st (Sat), stop by Stick No Bills Poster Gallery, then look for gifts at Vyanni, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Orchid House, stop by Lihiniya Gems, then look for gifts at Embark, and finally steep yourself in history at Galle Fort.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Galle trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Galle in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Colombo.

Things to do in Galle

Shopping Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Lihiniya Gems ©
Lihiniya Gems

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Colombo

Colombo ©
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Head to Stone 'N' String and Barefootfor some retail therapy. Next up on the itinerary: browse the different shops at Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct, stop by Laksala, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Pettah.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Colombo online attractions planner .

You can drive from Galle to Colombo in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. April in Colombo sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Shopping Historic Sites
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Stone 'N' String ©
Stone 'N' String
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Pettah ©
Pettah

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