13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Tehran
subway + Fly:  11​h 45​min
1
Colombo
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  2​h 30​min
2
Sigiriya
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Nuwara Eliya
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Ella
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Galle
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Ahungalla
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
8
Bentota
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  19​h
End: Tehran

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 20th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Galle Face Green, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, and then pause for some photo ops at Independence Memorial Hall.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Colombo trip planning app .

Tehran, Iran to Colombo is an approximately 12-hour combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Tehran to Colombo. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Tehran in March; daily highs in Colombo reach 37°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks Historic Sites
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Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Independence Memorial Hall ©
Independence Memorial Hall

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.
On the 21st (Wed), Head underground at The Golden Temple, then look for gifts at Lanka Silks, then don't miss a visit to Sigiriya World Heritage Site, and finally pick up a one of a kind souvenir at sigiri art gallery.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Sigiriya online trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Colombo to Sigiriya in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
sigiri art gallery ©
sigiri art gallery

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 22nd (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, then contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then pause for some serene contemplation at Hindagala Temple, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, take in the awesome beauty at Alagalla Mountain Range, and then make a trip to Kandy view point.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kandy trip planner.

You can drive from Sigiriya to Kandy in 2 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Sat) before leaving for Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Peradeniya, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

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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.
On the 24th (Sat), explore the activities along Gregory Lake and then take in nature's colorful creations at Victoria Park of Nuwara Eliya.

To find photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Nuwara Eliya itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Sun) before leaving for Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Victoria Park of Nuwara Eliya
Victoria Park of Nuwara Eliya
Gregory Lake ©
Gregory Lake
Sita Temple ©
Sita Temple

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 25th (Sun), snap pictures at Demodara Nine Arch Bridge and then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak.

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Ella trip builder website .

You can drive from Nuwara Eliya to Ella in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge

1
night
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
On the 26th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Galle Fort and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirissa Beach. On the 27th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Unawatuna Beach, then make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda, then kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, and finally look for gifts at Embark.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Galle trip planner .

Traveling by car from Ella to Galle takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ahungalla.

Things to do in Galle

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Mirissa Beach
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

2
nights
Ahungalla

Ahungalla ©
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Madu River, contemplate the waterfront views at Madugnga Lake, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ahungalla Beach, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kowilawatta Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Madu Ganga Biodiversity Area, then see the interesting displays at Ariyapala Mask Museum, and then Head underground at Moonstone Mines.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Ahungalla trip site .

Traveling by car from Galle to Ahungalla takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Bentota.

Things to do in Ahungalla

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Balapitiya, Ambalangoda
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Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Madugnga Lake ©
Madugnga Lake
Madu River ©
Madu River

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nights
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
On the 30th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project, look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Protection Association, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bentota Beach. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Brief Garden - Bevis Bawa, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kande Viharaya, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kalutara Beach.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Bentota online journey maker .

Bentota is just a short distance from Ahungalla. In March, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bentota

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project, Brief Garden - Bevis Bawa, Kande Viharaya Temple, Kalutara Beach
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Sea Turtle Protection Association ©
Sea Turtle Protection Association
Kande Viharaya Temple ©
Kande Viharaya Temple

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