12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Karachi
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Colombo
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  1​h 45​min
2
Nuwara Eliya
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Haputale
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
4
Ella
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Galle
— 1 night
taxi + 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
taxi + 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, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seema Malakaya Temple, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Borella All Saints Church.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Colombo travel route planner.

Karachi, Pakistan to Colombo is an approximately 8-hour flight. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in November, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Colombo

Shopping Historic Sites
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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): get to know the fascinating history of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Moon Plains, then pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Church, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Bomburuella Waterfall.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Nuwara Eliya trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Colombo to Nuwara Eliya in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Haputale.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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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.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, 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 take a train to Ella.

Things to do in Haputale

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Kirigalpoththa Hike
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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, learn more about the world around you at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, then take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden, and finally make a trip to Demodara Loop.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Ella trip planning site .

You can take a train from Haputale to Ella in an hour. Another option is to drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Galle.

Things to do in Ella

Spas Classes Parks
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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), tour the pleasant surroundings at Sinharaja Forest Reserve, cast your line with a fishing tour, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch Reformed Church.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Galle day trip planner .

Getting from Ella to Galle by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Galle are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Wildlife Nature Parks

Side Trip

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

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, then relax 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 combination of taxi and flight takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. 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:
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Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison 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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ritigala Forest Monastery. On the 6th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Ritigala Forest Monastery, delve into the distant past at Moonstone or Sandakada pahana, contemplate the waterfront views at Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond, delve into the distant past at Ranmasu Uyana, then delve into the distant past at Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate), and finally snap pictures at Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Anuradhapura holiday app .

Traveling by car from Kandy to Anuradhapura takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Habarana.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 6:
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Ritigala Forest Monastery ©
Ritigala Forest Monastery
Ranmasu Uyana ©
Ranmasu Uyana
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Dambulla Cave Temple. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Minneriya Wildlife Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Luck Uyana Herbal Medecines Garden, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dambulla Cave Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Habarana Buddhist Temple, then explore the striking landscape of Fernando Adventure Safaries, and finally stroll through Dhilip De Alwis.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Habarana trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Habarana takes 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
Dambulla Cave Temple ©
Dambulla Cave Temple
Dhilip De Alwis ©
Dhilip De Alwis
Habarana Buddhist Temple ©
Habarana Buddhist Temple

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

For other places to visit, ratings, 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

Outdoors Museums Tours

Side Trip

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

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