12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Cape Town
Fly + Taxi:  20 h 45 min
1
Kandy
— 4 nights
+2
Taxi + 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Sigiriya. Explore Kandy's surroundings by going to Golden Temple of Dambulla (in Dambulla), Dhilip De Alwis (in Habarana) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, and make a trip to Pidurangala Rock.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Kandy day trip planning tool.

Cape Town, South Africa to Kandy is an approximately 20- hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or fly. Traveling from Cape Town to Kandy, you'll lose 3.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Golden Temple of Dambulla, Dhilip De Alwis, Royal Botanical Gardens, 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 get in some beach time at Mirissa Beach and Jungle Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mirissa: Unawatuna (Mihiripenna Beach, Lak Gems & Jewellery, &more), Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa) and Galle Fort (in Galle). There's more to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Mirissa trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Mirissa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Mirissa can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Bentota.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Beaches Parks

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, kick back and relax at Hikkaduwa Beach, and then stroll through Akurala Beach. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Ahungalla Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at Tsunami Photo Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Narigama Beach, and finally see the interesting displays at Community Tsunami Museum.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Bentota online trip itinerary planner.

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

Things to do in Bentota

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

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

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