12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly + taxi:  13​h 30​min
1
Galle
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h
2
Kandy
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
3
Arugam Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Tel Aviv

2
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Tsunami Photo Museum and Naga Viharaya. For shopping fun, head to Lak Gems & Jewellery or Saffron Robes Gallery and Studio. Venture out of the city with trips to Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa), Mirissa Beach (in Mirissa) and Bentota Beach (in Bentota). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Jungle Beach and stroll through Akurala Beach.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Galle tour builder website .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Galle is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time (IST) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a 3 hour difference. In July, daytime highs in Galle are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna, Mirissa Beach, Bentota Beach, Akurala Beach
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Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy War Cemetery, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Asgiriya Maha Viharaya, then stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Thu): stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, contemplate the long history of Temple of the Tooth, then explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and finally pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Sriya & Daya Curio Shop.

To find out how to plan a trip to Kandy, use our trip itinerary maker.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Galle to Kandy in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

1
night
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
On the 17th (Fri), stop by Rice & Carry Bags Shop, explore the activities along Arugam Bay, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then enjoy the sea views from Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, and finally don't miss a visit to Muhudu Maha Vihara.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Arugam Bay trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Kandy to Arugam Bay by combination of flight and taxi takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Arugam Bay can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Shopping Historic Sites Spas
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Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, then explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, and then take an in-depth tour of R. M. S Antique And Brassware. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya, admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, then take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden, then make a trip to Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, and finally stop by Ella Gem & Jewelry.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Ella online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Arugam Bay to Ella takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Ella sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes

Side Trip

Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya
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Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, then view the masterpieces at Pethikada, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, then make a trip to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, then stop by Karu Arts & Crafts, and finally savor the flavors at Dambulla Dedicated Economic Centre.

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You can drive from Ella to Sigiriya in 4 hours. Another option is to take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Dambulla, Karu Arts & Crafts
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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