13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Bengaluru
Fly + Taxi:  6 h 30 min
1
Kandy
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
2
Ella
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  3 h 30 min
3
Galle
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 45 min
4
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  7 h
End: Bengaluru

5
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kandy side-trips: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala), Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle) and Nuwara Eliya (Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple & Bluefield Tea Gardens). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, stroll through Royal Botanical Gardens, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy War Cemetery, and explore the activities along Kandy Lake.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kandy online itinerary maker.

Bengaluru, India to Kandy is an approximately 6.5- hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nuwara Eliya, Ramboda Waterfall, Royal Botanical Gardens, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

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 6th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, and then snap pictures at Nine Arches Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by R. M. S Antique And Brassware, then take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden, and then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Ella trip builder site.

Getting from Kandy to Ella by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Ella can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

2
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Japanese Peace Pagoda, kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, look for gifts at Lak Gems & Jewellery, then steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, and finally view the masterpieces at Pilgrims Lounge Chrishtopher Handicraft and Paint Gallery. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hikkaduwa Beach.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Galle day trip planning site.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Ella to Galle in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Galle

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

2
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 10th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, and then examine the collection at Sigiriya Museum. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of kaludiya Pokuna, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and then take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Sigiriya route tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Galle to Sigiriya takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock
Sigiriya Museum ©
Sigiriya Museum

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