12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Singapore
Subway + Fly:  7 h 45 min
1
Colombo
— 1 night
Taxi + Train:  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 + Subway:  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.
On the 23rd (Mon), examine the collection at Colombo National Museum, stroll through Mount Lavinia Beach, and then get to know the fascinating history of Colombo Fort. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Seema Malakaya Temple, look for gifts at Stone 'N' String, then step into the grandiose world of National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Church.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Colombo trip builder app.

Singapore, Singapore to Colombo is an approximately 7- hour combination of subway and flight. You can also do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight; or do a combination of subway, flight, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Standard Time (SGT) to India Standard Time (IST) is minus 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): make a trip to Degaldoruwa Temple, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then browse for treasures at Sriya & Daya Curio Shop, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Asgiri Maha Vihara pirivena, look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, use the Kandy trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and train from Colombo to Kandy takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Historic Sites 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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Horton Plains National Park, then explore the activities along Kande-ela Reservoir, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sita Temple.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Nuwara Eliya planning website.

Getting from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya by car takes about 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

Nature Parks Wildlife
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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. For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Hambantota trip maker app.

You can drive from Nuwara Eliya to Hambantota in 4 hours. In December, daytime highs in Hambantota are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Bentota.

Things to do in Hambantota

Nature Parks

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.
On the 30th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Hikkaduwa Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bentota Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Protection Association. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at Tsunami Photo Museum and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Bentota driving holiday planning tool.

You can drive from Hambantota to Bentota in 3 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Colombo.

Things to do in Bentota

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Colombo

Colombo ©
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): kick back and relax at Negombo Beach, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Colombo itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Bentota to Colombo in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Negombo
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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