12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  20​h 45​min
1
Kandy
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
2
Mirissa
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Bentota
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Cape Town

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Sigiriya. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kandy: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala), Dhilip De Alwis (in Habarana) and Golden Temple of Dambulla (in Dambulla). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Kandy Lake, stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Kandy road trip site .

Cape Town, South Africa to Kandy is an approximately 21-hour combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Cape Town to Kandy, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Royal Botanical Gardens, Dhilip De Alwis, Arankelle Ancient Monastery
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla

3
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Mirissa Beach and Mihiripenna Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Galle Fort (in Galle), Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa) and Unawatuna (Jungle Beach, Lak Gems & Jewellery, & more). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Mirissa trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Mirissa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In December in Mirissa, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Bentota.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Nandana Tea Factory, Galle Fort
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort

3
nights
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Bentota Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Hikkaduwa Beach, and then kick back and relax at Akurala Beach. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Ahungalla Beach, then view the masterpieces at Tsunami Photo Museum, then kick back and relax at Narigama Beach, and finally examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Bentota driving holiday planning website .

Traveling by car from Mirissa to Bentota takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bentota

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Ahungalla Beach, Tsunami Photo Museum, Akurala Beach
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum

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