12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Bern
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  22​h 15​min
1
Tissamaharama
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 15​min
2
Mirissa
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 15​min
3
Kandy
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Dambulla
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  22​h 45​min
End: Bern

2
nights
Tissamaharama

Tissamaharama ©
Tourism in Tissamaharama revolves around the town's vast historic and cultural heritage, with the surroundings of scenic paddy fields adding to the ambiance.
On the 27th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park. On the 28th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bundala National Park.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tissamaharama day trip planning app .

Bern, Switzerland to Tissamaharama is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Bern to Tissamaharama. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Bern in February; daily highs in Tissamaharama reach 37°C and lows reach 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Parks Nature

Side Trips

Bundala National Park, Yala National Park
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park

2
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Unawatuna Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Jungle Beach, then look for gifts at Embark, and finally steep yourself in history at Galle Fort.

To find reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Mirissa trip planner.

You can drive from Tissamaharama to Mirissa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Galle, Jungle Beach
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dolphin & Whale Watching

4
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.
Visiting Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and Horton Plains National Park will get you outdoors. Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Royal Palace of Kandy are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Kandy with an excursion to Pinnawala Zoo in Rambukkana--about 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asgiriya Maha Viharaya, and take an in-depth tour of Raja Museum.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kandy route builder website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Mirissa to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Dambulla.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Zoo, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

1
night
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Sigiriya World Heritage Site, then step into the grandiose world of Golden Cave Temple, and then Head underground at The Golden Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Minneriya National Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Dambulla trip planner .

You can drive from Kandy to Dambulla in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dambulla

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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