13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Sigiriya
— 1 night
2
Kandy
— 2 nights
3
Galle
— 3 nights
4
Colombo
— 5 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Sigiriya and then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Sigiriya online trip builder.

Bucharest, Romania to Sigiriya is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and taxi. Traveling from Bucharest to Sigiriya, you'll lose 3.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla

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 27th (Wed): explore the activities along Kandy Lake, don't miss a visit to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and then make a trip to Royal Palace of Kandy. On your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, pause for some serene contemplation at Hindagala Temple, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.

For traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Kandy trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Sigiriya to Kandy by car takes about 3 hours. On the 29th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

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

3
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
On the 30th (Sat), kick back and relax at Jungle Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach. On the 31st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Galle trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Kandy to Galle takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daytime highs in Galle are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Colombo.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

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

5
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Colombo National Museum and Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple. Get some historical perspective at St Lucia's Cathedral and Bellanwila Raja Maha Viharaya. Get out of town with these interesting Colombo side-trips: Kalutara Beach (in Kalutara) and Negombo (St. Mary's Church & Negombo Beach). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Mount Lavinia Beach, stop by Stone 'N' String, walk around Galle Face Green, and appreciate the history behind Independence Memorial Hall.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Colombo tour itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Galle to Colombo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Negombo, Bellanwila Raja Maha Viharaya, Kalutara Beach
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum

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