13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Karachi
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  5 h 15 min
1
Colombo
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 30 min
2
Habarana
— 3 nights
Drive:  30 min
3
Dambulla
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Kandy
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h
5
Colombo
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  5 h 15 min
End: Karachi

3
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Safaris and Kayaking & Canoeing. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kalutara Bodhiya and St Anthony's Shrine. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple, pause for some serene contemplation at Borella All Saints Church, stroll around Galle Face Green, and don't miss a visit to St. Mary's Church.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Colombo road trip planning app.

Karachi, Pakistan to Colombo is an approximately 5.5- hour flight. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in November, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Habarana.

Things to do in Colombo

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Safaris, Kalutara Bodhiya
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Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple ©
Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple
Safaris
Kalutara Bodhiya ©
Kalutara Bodhiya

3
nights
Habarana

Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
Get outdoors at Safaris and Hurulu Eco Park. Sigiriya and Sathmahal Prasada are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Habarana: Polonnaruwa (Lankathilaka Image House, Thivanka Image House, &more). The adventure continues: stroll through Kaudulla National Park.

For other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Habarana road trip planner.

Getting from Colombo to Habarana by combination of flight and taxi takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Habarana

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya
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Safaris
Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya

2
nights
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla, delve into the distant past at Arankelle Ancient Monastery, and then savor the flavors at Dambulla Dedicated Economic Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, then steep yourself in history at kaludiya Pokuna, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ederagala Wana Senasuna.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Dambulla road trip planning website.

Dambulla is just a short distance from Habarana. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Arankelle Ancient Monastery, kaludiya Pokuna
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Balloon Rides
Ederagala Wana Senasuna ©
Ederagala Wana Senasuna

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.
On the 30th (Mon), stroll the grounds of Kandy War Cemetery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and then stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Kandy Lake, then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, then admire the striking features of Embekke Devalaya, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hindagala Temple.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kandy trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Dambulla to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Peradeniya, Embekke Devalaya
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Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

2
nights
Colombo

Colombo ©
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): head outdoors with Diyatha Uyana, take in the spiritual surroundings of Seema Malakaya Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, and finally stop by Urban Island.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Colombo trip itinerary app.

Traveling by flight from Kandy to Colombo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours
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Diyatha Uyana ©
Diyatha Uyana
Seema Malakaya Temple ©
Seema Malakaya Temple
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©

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