12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Karachi
Fly:  7 h 45 min
1
Colombo
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Nuwara Eliya
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Haputale
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
4
Ella
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Galle
— 1 night
Fly:  1 h
6
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
8
Habarana
— 2 nights
Drive:  30 min
9
Sigiriya
— 1 night
Fly:  7 h 30 min
End: Karachi

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): look for gifts at Jewel Qudsi, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seema Malakaya Temple, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Borella All Saints Church.

For reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Colombo travel route planner.

Karachi, Pakistan to Colombo is an approximately 8-hour flight. Traveling from Karachi to Colombo, you'll lose 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. In November in Colombo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Colombo

Shopping Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 28 — 29:
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Jewel Qudsi ©
Jewel Qudsi
Seema Malakaya Temple ©
Seema Malakaya Temple
Borella All Saints Church ©
Borella All Saints Church

1
night
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.
You've now added Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Moon Plains, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Bomburuella Waterfall.

Plan a Nuwara Eliya trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Colombo to Nuwara Eliya takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Haputale.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Find places to stay Nov 29 — 30:
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Holy Trinity Church ©
Holy Trinity Church
Moon Plains ©
Moon Plains
Bomburuella Waterfall ©
Bomburuella Waterfall

2
nights
Haputale

Haputale ©
Nestled atop Uva, Sri Lanka's main mountain range, lies tranquil Haputale.
Lipton’s Seat has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): get great views at Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Andrew's Church, and then stroll through Kirigalpoththa Hike. Keep things going the next day: experience rural life at Dambatenne Tea Factory and then get great views at Lipton’s Seat.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Haputale sightseeing planning app.

Traveling by car from Nuwara Eliya to Haputale takes 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Haputale

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Kirigalpoththa Hike
Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 2:
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Lipton’s Seat ©
Lipton’s Seat
St. Andrew's Church ©
St. Andrew's Church
Kirigalpoththa Hike ©
Kirigalpoththa Hike

1
night
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.
On the 3rd (Tue), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, stop by R. M. S Antique And Brassware, thentake in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden, and finally make a trip to Demodara Loop.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Ella trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Haputale to Ella takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Ella

Spas Parks Classes
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 3:
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Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden
Spas
Demodara Loop ©
Demodara Loop

1
night
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Sinharaja Forest Reserve has been added to your itinerary. On the 4th (Wed), take a peaceful walk through Sinharaja Forest Reserve, thencast your line with a fishing tour, thenindulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch Reformed Church.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Galle road trip planning site.

Getting from Ella to Galle by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. December in Galle sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Fishing Charters & Tours
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Sinharaja Forest Reserve ©
Sinharaja Forest Reserve
Fishing Charters & Tours
Dutch Reformed Church ©
Dutch Reformed Church

1
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 5th (Thu): stroll the grounds of Kandy War Cemetery, thenrelax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery.

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Getting from Galle to Kandy by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Spas
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
Spas & Wellness

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.
You've now added Ritigala Forest Monastery to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Ritigala Forest Monastery, delve into the distant past at Moonstone or Sandakada pahana, explore the activities along Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond, delve into the distant past at Ranmasu Uyana, thendelve into the distant past at Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate), and finally snap pictures at Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Anuradhapura trip planner.

Drive from Kandy to Anuradhapura in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to drive to Habarana.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Ranmasu Uyana ©
Ranmasu Uyana
Ritigala Forest Monastery ©
Ritigala Forest Monastery
Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate) ©
Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate)

2
nights
Habarana

Habarana ©
Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
You've now added Dambulla Cave Temple to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Dambulla Cave Temple. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Habarana Buddhist Temple, thenstroll through Fernando Adventure Safaries, and finally stroll through Dhilip De Alwis.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Habarana sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Habarana in 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Habarana

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Habarana Buddhist Temple ©
Habarana Buddhist Temple
Dambulla Cave Temple ©
Dambulla Cave Temple
Dhilip De Alwis ©
Dhilip De Alwis

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then see the interesting displays at Sigiriya Museum.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Sigiriya trip planning app.

Sigiriya is very close to Habarana. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Tours Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Balloon Rides
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Sigiriya Museum ©
Sigiriya Museum

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