12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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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
Taxi + 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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Jungle Beach and Bentota Beach. Tsunami Photo Museum and Saffron Robes are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Galle: Akurala Beach (in Akurala), Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa) and Mirissa Beach (in Mirissa). And it doesn't end there: look for gifts at Lak Gems & Jewellery, stroll through Unawatuna Beach, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Naga Viharaya.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Galle trip itinerary maker.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Galle is an approximately 16.5- hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time to India Standard Time, which is usually a 3.5 hour difference. In July, daytime highs in Galle are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Bentota Beach, Akurala Beach, Mirissa 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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy War Cemetery, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, take in the spiritual surroundings of Asgiri Maha Vihara pirivena, then stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Keep things going the next day: stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and finally browse for treasures at Sriya & Daya Curio Shop.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kandy trip itinerary planning app.

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 your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to 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 ©
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): stop by Rice & Carry Bags Shop, tour the pleasant surroundings at Arugam Bay, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, enjoy the sea views from Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, then delve into the distant past at Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, and finally don't miss a visit to Muhudu Maha Vihara.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Arugam Bay trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Arugam Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. July in Arugam Bay sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Historic Sites Shopping Spas
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Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Spas
Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay

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, take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, and then stop by R. M. S Antique And Brassware. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya, take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, then take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden, then snap pictures at Nine Arches Bridge, and finally stop by Ella Gem & Jewelry.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Ella planning site.

Traveling by car from Arugam Bay to Ella takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Ella can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. 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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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge

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.
On the 20th (Mon), explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, make a trip to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, then look for gifts at Karu Arts & Crafts, and finally pick up some local products at Dambulla Dedicated Economic Centre.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Sigiriya trip planner.

Getting from Ella to Sigiriya by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Shopping Nature

Side Trips

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

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