12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Colombo
Train:  1 h 30 min
1
Bentota
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Galle
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
3
Mirissa
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Udawalawe National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Ella
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
6
Nuwara Eliya
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
8
Sigiriya
— 1 night
Drive:  30 min
9
Dambulla
— 1 night
Taxi + Train:  1 h 45 min
End: Colombo

1
night
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
On the 7th (Sat), visit Lunuganga, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bentota Beach, and then stroll through Sea Turtle Protection Association.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Bentota trip planning tool.

Colombo to Bentota is an approximately 1.5- hour train ride. You can also drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can go by car to Galle.

Things to do in Bentota

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Sea Turtle Protection Association ©
Sea Turtle Protection Association

1
night
Galle

Galle
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
For more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Galle road trip tool.

Drive from Bentota to Galle in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. On the 8th (Sun), you're off to Mirissa.

Things to do in Galle

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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1
night
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sail Lanka Charter. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): get outside with Sail Lanka Charter, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Secret Beach, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then look for gifts at Dress Palace.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Mirissa trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Galle to Mirissa takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September in Mirissa, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Tours Beaches
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Spas

2
nights
Udawalawe National Park

Udawalawe National Park
One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Udawalawe National Park.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Udawalawe National Park travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Mirissa to Udawalawe National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. In September in Udawalawe National Park, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature
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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 11th (Wed), stop by R. M. S Antique And Brassware, then admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Ella Gem & Jewelry, then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, and then take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Ella trip planner.

You can drive from Udawalawe National Park to Ella in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Shopping
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge

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.
To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Nuwara Eliya trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Ella to Nuwara Eliya in 2 hours. On the 13th (Fri), you're off to Kandy.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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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 13th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally explore the activities along Kandy Lake. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Kandy view point.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Kandy online day trip planner.

Getting from Nuwara Eliya to Kandy by car takes about 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

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

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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 15th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Sigiriya Museum, don't miss a visit to Sigiriya, then look for gifts at Lanka Silks, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at kaludiya Pokuna, then browse the exhibits of Pethikada, and then don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Sigiriya visit planner.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Sigiriya takes 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Dambulla.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Dhilip De Alwis
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock
Dhilip De Alwis ©
Dhilip De Alwis

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night
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
On the 16th (Mon), take in nature's colorful creations at Highland Spice Garden.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Dambulla trip planner.

Dambulla is very close to Sigiriya. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Highland Spice Garden, Dambulla Cave Temple
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Dambulla Cave Temple ©
Dambulla Cave Temple
Dambulla Dedicated Economic Centre ©
Dambulla Dedicated Economic Centre

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