12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Colombo
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h
2
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Nuwara Eliya
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Hambantota
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Bentota
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
6
Colombo
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Singapore

1
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): see the interesting displays at Colombo National Museum, stroll through Mount Lavinia Beach, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Colombo Fort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seema Malakaya Temple, stop by Stone 'N' String, then explore the historical opulence of National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Church.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Colombo online tour planner .

Singapore, Singapore to Colombo is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Singapore Time to India Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trip

St. Mary's Church
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Mount Lavinia Beach ©
Mount Lavinia Beach
Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum
Seema Malakaya Temple ©
Seema Malakaya Temple

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 25th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Degaldoruwa Temple, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then browse for treasures at Sriya & Daya Curio Shop, and finally admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asgiriya Maha Viharaya, look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, then steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Kandy trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Colombo to Kandy by flight takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

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

2
nights
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.
On the 27th (Fri), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Horton Plains National Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Kande-ela Reservoir, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sita Temple.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Nuwara Eliya trip tool .

You can drive from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Hambantota.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Sita Temple ©
Sita Temple
Kande-ela Reservoir ©
Kande-ela Reservoir

1
night
Hambantota

Hambantota ©
Hambantota is the main town in Hambantota District, Southern Province, Sri Lanka. Start your trip to Hambantota by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Nuwara Eliya to Hambantota takes 4 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Bentota.

Things to do in Hambantota

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Bundala National Park
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Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park

2
nights
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): stroll through Hikkaduwa Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bentota Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Protection Association. On your second day here, take in the exciting artwork at Tsunami Photo Museum and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Bentota visit planning app .

You can drive from Hambantota to Bentota in 3.5 hours. December in Bentota sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can take a train to Colombo.

Things to do in Bentota

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Tsunami Photo Museum, Hikkaduwa Beach
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Colombo

Colombo ©
On the 1st (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Negombo Beach, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Colombo online holiday planner .

Traveling by train from Bentota to Colombo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Negombo
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©

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