13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Bucharest
Fly + Taxi:  18​h 30​min
1
Sigiriya
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Kandy
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  3​h 15​min
3
Galle
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
4
Colombo
— 5 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Bucharest

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 26th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Sigiriya World Heritage Site and then explore the fascinating underground world of The Golden Temple.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Sigiriya travel route builder app

Bucharest, Romania to Sigiriya is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Bucharest to Sigiriya. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can 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

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): explore the activities along Kandy Lake, then steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and then explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace of Kandy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, then pause for some serene contemplation at Hindagala Temple, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.

For more things to do and more tourist information, use the Kandy trip builder app

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Kandy takes 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive 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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Unawatuna Beach and then contemplate the long history of Galle Fort.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Galle trip planner

You can drive from Kandy to Galle in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Colombo.

Things to do in Galle

Parks Outdoors 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Colombo National Museum and Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple. Get some historical perspective at St. Mary's Church and Bellanwila Raja Maha Viharaya. Venture out of the city with trips to Negombo Beach (in Negombo) and Kalutara Beach (in Kalutara). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Mount Lavinia Beach, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, pause for some serene contemplation at St Lucia's Cathedral, and stop by Stone 'N' String.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Colombo online trip itinerary builder

You can drive from Galle to Colombo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. January in Colombo sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. On the 6th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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 ©
Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum

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