12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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
Uda Walawe 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
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): stroll through Bentota Beach and then look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Protection Association.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Bentota online holiday maker .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Bentota is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to India Standard Time (IST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Dubai in September, things will get slightly colder in Bentota: highs are around 36°C and lows about 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to 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 ©

1
night
Galle

Galle
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Galle trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Bentota to Galle takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 30°C. You'll set off for Mirissa on the 8th (Sun).

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. On the 8th (Sun), race across the water with Sail Lanka Charter, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then stroll through Mirissa Beach. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Secret Beach, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then look for gifts at Dress Palace.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Mirissa day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Galle to Mirissa takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Mirissa can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Uda Walawe National Park.

Things to do in Mirissa

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

2
nights
Uda Walawe National Park

Uda Walawe 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.
On the 10th (Tue), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Uda Walawe National Park itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Mirissa to Uda Walawe National Park in 3.5 hours. September in Uda Walawe National Park sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Ella.

Things to do in Uda Walawe National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Uda Walawe National Park ©
Uda Walawe National Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): learn more about the world around you at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, then take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, and then explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Thu): look for gifts at Ella Gem & Jewelry, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, and then snap pictures at Demodara Nine Arch Bridge.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Ella travel planner.

Drive from Uda Walawe National Park to Ella in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Shopping
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Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch 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, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Nuwara Eliya itinerary maker website .

Getting from Ella to Nuwara Eliya by car takes about 2 hours. On the 13th (Fri), you're off toKandy.

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): take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, appreciate the history behind Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, then steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally explore the activities along Kandy Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then make a trip to Kandy view point.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kandy travel itinerary planner .

You can drive from Nuwara Eliya to Kandy in 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

1
night
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, then delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, then stop by Lanka Silks, and finally identify plant and animal life at Dhilip De Alwis. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at kaludiya Pokuna, take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada, and then make a trip to Pidurangala Rock.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Sigiriya trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Kandy to Sigiriya by car takes about 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 Parks

Side Trip

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

1
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.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Dambulla tour itinerary planner.

Dambulla is just a short distance from 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 ©

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