13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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1
Colombo
— 5 nights
2
Galle
— 1 night
3
Ella
— 2 nights
4
Nuwara Eliya
— 1 night
5
Dambulla
— 1 night
6
Nilaveli
— 1 night
7
Colombo
— 1 night

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple and Colombo National Museum. Get some historical perspective at St Lucia's Cathedral and Abhayasekararama Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Colombo: Negombo Beach (in Negombo) and Panadura Beach (in Panadura). There's still lots to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct, enjoy the sand and surf at Mount Lavinia Beach, stop by Laksala, and stroll around Galle Face Green.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Colombo day trip website.

Dhaka City, Bangladesh to Colombo is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. January in Colombo sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Fri) before leaving for Galle.

Things to do in Colombo

Shopping · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Negombo, Panadura Beach
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Stone 'N' String ©
Stone 'N' String
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach

1
night
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
On the 26th (Fri), look for gifts at Embark and then contemplate the long history of Galle Fort.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Galle vacation planner.

You can drive from Colombo to Galle in 2.5 hours. Other options are to 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 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Galle

Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Jungle Beach
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Embark ©
Embark

2
nights
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 27th (Sat), take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, then take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, and then take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Ella trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Galle to Ella takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. On the 29th (Mon), you'll travel to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Ella

Nature · Parks
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge

1
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 29th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Pedro Tea Factory , contemplate the waterfront views at Kande-ela Reservoir, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sita Temple.

To find out how to plan a trip to Nuwara Eliya, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Ella to Nuwara Eliya takes 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
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Sita Temple ©
Sita Temple
Pedro Tea Factory	©
Pedro Tea Factory
Kande-ela Reservoir ©
Kande-ela Reservoir

1
night
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): stop by Lanka Silks, then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, and then see where the action happens at Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Dambulla day trip site.

You can drive from Nuwara Eliya to Dambulla in 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can drive to Nilaveli.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Lanka Silks
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium ©
Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium
Lanka Silks ©
Lanka Silks

1
night
Nilaveli

The coastal resort town of Nilaveli draws visitors with its beaches, dive spots, and seaside hotels.
On the 31st (Wed), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then kick back and relax at Nilaveli Beach.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Nilaveli trip planner.

Traveling by car from Dambulla to Nilaveli takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Colombo.

Things to do in Nilaveli

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach

1
night
Colombo

Colombo ©
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): browse the eclectic array of goods at Pettah, stop by Salie's Fine Jewelry & Gem Stones, and then don't miss a visit to Independence Square.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Colombo trip planner.

You can drive from Nilaveli to Colombo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites
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National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka ©
Pettah ©
Pettah
Viharamahadevi Park ©
Viharamahadevi Park

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