12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Ambalangoda
Drive:  1 h
1
Unawatuna
— 1 night
Drive:  45 min
2
Mirissa
— 1 night
Drive:  30 min
3
Matara
— 1 night
Bus:  4 h 45 min
4
Yala National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Arugam Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
6
Sigiriya
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
8
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 45 min
9
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
10
Colombo
— 1 day
End: Colombo

1
night
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Palm-fringed beaches with golden sand, turquoise water, and a colorful coral reef are enough to draw any beachgoer to Unawatuna, but there's plenty to do off the beach here as well.
On the 1st (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Church.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Unawatuna trip maker site.

Ambalangoda to Unawatuna is an approximately 1-hour car ride. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Galle
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dutch Reformed Church ©
Dutch Reformed Church
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

1
night
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
On the 3rd (Mon), stop by LAZY.RIDE, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Mirissa vacation site.

You can drive from Unawatuna to Mirissa in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In December, daytime highs in Mirissa are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to Matara.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
LAZY.RIDE ©
LAZY.RIDE

1
night
Matara

Matara ©
A commercial capital in the south, Matara offers a real taste of Sri Lanka, which the southern coast's beach resorts often lack.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Medawatta Beach, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Weherahena Buddhist Temple, thenvisit a coastal fixture at Dondra Head Lighthouse, and finally stop by VYANNI.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Matara day trip planner.

Drive from Mirissa to Matara in an hour. In December, daytime highs in Matara are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can catch the bus to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Matara

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Dondra Head Lighthouse
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Medawatta Beach ©
Medawatta Beach
Dondra Head Lighthouse ©
Dondra Head Lighthouse
Weherahena Buddhist Temple ©
Weherahena Buddhist Temple

1
night
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.
On the 5th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kebiliththa - Siyambalawa devalaya.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Yala National Park road trip website.

Getting from Matara to Yala National Park by bus takes about 5.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Historic Sites
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Kebiliththa - Siyambalawa devalaya ©
Kebiliththa - Siyambalawa devalaya

2
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kudumbigala Monastery, stop by Rice & Carry Bags Shop, thenexplore the activities along Arugam Bay, and finally enjoy the sea views from Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Arugam Bay trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Yala National Park to Arugam Bay in 3 hours. December in Arugam Bay sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Historic Sites Shopping Parks
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Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay

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night
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 7th (Fri): look for gifts at Karu Arts & Crafts, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dambulla Cave Temple, and then don't miss a visit to kaludiya Pokuna.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Sigiriya online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Arugam Bay to Sigiriya takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Dambulla Cave Temple, Karu Arts & Crafts, Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Dambulla Cave Temple ©
Dambulla Cave Temple
kaludiya Pokuna ©
kaludiya Pokuna

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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 8th (Sat): look for gifts at Jayamali Batiks Studio.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kandy trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Kandy takes 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Udawattekele Sanctuary ©
Udawattekele Sanctuary
Jayamali Batiks Studio ©
Jayamali Batiks Studio

1
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 10th (Mon), explore the activities along Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond, explore the ancient world of Moonstone or Sandakada pahana, admire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya, thenexplore the ancient world of Ranmasu Uyana, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Anuradhapura journey planner.

You can drive from Kandy to Anuradhapura in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Ranmasu Uyana ©
Ranmasu Uyana

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nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, thenexplore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, and then look for gifts at R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Ella route site.

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Ella in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Colombo.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Shopping
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

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day
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.
On the 12th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, thenlook for gifts at Stone 'N' String, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Colombo tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Ella to Colombo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. December in Colombo sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Shopping Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa
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Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct ©
Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct
Stone 'N' String ©
Stone 'N' String
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple

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