13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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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.
Get some historical perspective at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple and St Lucia's Cathedral. Attractions like Colombo National Museum and Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Colombo's surroundings by going to Panadura Beach (in Panadura) and Negombo (Abhayasekararama Temple & Negombo Beach). Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Stone 'N' String, browse the different shops at Arcade Independence Square, pause for some photo ops at Independence Memorial Hall, and walk around Galle Face Green.

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Dhaka City, Bangladesh to Colombo is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 27°C. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Fri) before leaving for Galle.

Things to do in Colombo

Shopping · Parks · Outdoors

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): look for gifts at Embark and then steep yourself in history at Galle Fort.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Galle day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Colombo to Galle 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 27th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Ella.

Things to do in Galle

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks

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. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, then explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, and then take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Ella trip planner.

Getting from Galle to Ella by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: 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), make a trip to Pedro Tea Factory , explore the activities along Kande-ela Reservoir, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sita Temple.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Nuwara Eliya trip planner.

Getting from Ella to Nuwara Eliya by car takes about 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to 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.
On the 30th (Tue), look for gifts at Lanka Silks, explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, and then see where the action happens at Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Dambulla travel planner.

Drive from Nuwara Eliya to Dambulla in 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Nilaveli.

Things to do in Dambulla

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then stroll through Nilaveli Beach.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Nilaveli travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Dambulla to Nilaveli by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can drive 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 other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Colombo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nilaveli to Colombo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums
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National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka ©
Pettah ©
Pettah
Viharamahadevi Park ©
Viharamahadevi Park

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