12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Colombo
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Colombo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Bentota
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Uda Walawe National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Yala National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
5
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
End: Colombo

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night
Colombo

Colombo ©
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
On the 20th (Wed), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then kick back and relax at Negombo Beach. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Galle Face Green, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, then wander the streets of Independence Square, and finally appreciate the history behind Independence Memorial Hall.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Colombo online journey planner .

If you are flying in from Russia, the closest major airports are Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport and Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport. In December in Colombo, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can take a train to Bentota.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Negombo Beach
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

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Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Hikkaduwa Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Bentota side-trips: Hikkaduwa (Community Tsunami Museum, Hikkaduwa Harbour, & more), Kowilawatta Temple (in Balapitiya) and Unawatuna (Unawatuna Beach & Jungle Beach). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Bentota Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Beruwala Beach, identify plant and animal life at Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center, and stop by Ayesha Gems and Jewellers.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Bentota travel route builder tool .

You can take a train from Colombo to Bentota in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In December, daytime highs in Bentota are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Bentota

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Kosgoda, Ayesha Gems and Jewellers, Kowilawatta Temple, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach

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night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Udawalawe National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Elephant Transit Home.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Uda Walawe National Park itinerary planning site .

Getting from Bentota to Uda Walawe National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Uda Walawe National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Udawalawe National Park ©
Udawalawe National Park
Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)

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Yala National Park

One of the most popular national parks in the country, Yala National Park boasts a wide variety of animals, and does important work in conserving and growing populations.
For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Yala National Park holiday maker app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Uda Walawe National Park to Yala National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Safaris

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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 30th (Sat): browse for treasures at sigiri art gallery, don't miss a visit to Sigiriya World Heritage Site, then Head underground at The Golden Temple, and finally see the interesting displays at Pethikada. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Sigiriya online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Yala National Park to Sigiriya takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Golden Temple of Dambulla, Minneriya National Park
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

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