32 days in Singapore & Sri Lanka Itinerary

32 days in Singapore & Sri Lanka Itinerary

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32 days in Singapore & Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Brisbane, Australia
Fly:  11​h
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Singapore, Singapore
— Few hours
Fly:  5​h
2
Negombo, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
3
Jaffna, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
4
Trincomalee, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
8
Ella, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
9
Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
10
Hambantota, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
11
Matara, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
12
Galle, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
13
Colombo, Sri Lanka
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
14
Singapore, Singapore
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h
End: Brisbane, Australia

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Singapore, Singapore

Singapore ©
A Singapore vacation reveals the many charms of a leading city-state and regional hub of culture, retail, and tourism.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): get a taste of the local shopping with Orchard Road and then explore the galleries of Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Singapore trip itinerary builder tool .

Brisbane, Australia to Singapore is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) to Singapore Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Brisbane in November, expect Singapore to be somewhat warmer, temps between 37°C and 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Negombo.

Things to do in Singapore

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
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Orchard Road ©
Orchard Road
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum ©

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Negombo, Sri Lanka

Negombo ©
Located close to the international airport, Negombo has a reputation for being either the first or last taste of the country for visitors.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): stroll through Muthurajawela Marsh, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Church, then enjoy the sand and surf at Negombo Beach, and finally stop by DIANA Souvenirs.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Negombo trip itinerary site .

Getting from Singapore to Negombo by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Singapore to Negombo. November in Negombo sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Jaffna.

Things to do in Negombo

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach

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Jaffna, Sri Lanka

Jaffna ©
A center of Tamil culture, the city of Jaffna remains in the process of rebuilding after suffering greatly during the civil war.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): don't miss a visit to Keerimalai Hot springs and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nallur Kovil.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Jaffna trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Negombo to Jaffna by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites
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Nallur Kovil ©
Nallur Kovil
Maruthanamadam Anjaneyar Temple ©
Maruthanamadam Anjaneyar Temple
Keerimalai Hot springs ©
Keerimalai Hot springs

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Trincomalee, Sri Lanka

Trincomalee ©
A center of Tamil culture and language, Trincomalee suffered greatly during the 30-year civil war, but the troubles haven't dimmed the natural and cultural charms of the place.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): explore the ancient world of Velgam Vehera.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Trincomalee road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Jaffna to Trincomalee takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
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Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple
Velgam Vehera ©
Velgam Vehera
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple ©
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple

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Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

Anuradhapura ©
Explore the well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sri Lankan civilization and its former capital at Anuradhapura, a World Heritage Site and erstwhile center of Theravada Buddhism set amidst peaceful green parks.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Ruwanwelisaya, don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, and then don't miss a visit to Mihintale. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Tue): stroll through Wilpattu National Park, then explore the ancient world of Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate), then explore the ancient world of Moonstone or Sandakada pahana, and finally snap pictures at Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Anuradhapura trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Trincomalee to Anuradhapura takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Wilpattu National Park ©
Wilpattu National Park
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya

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Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

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.
Step out of Sigiriya with an excursion to Golden Temple of Dambulla in Dambulla--about 54 minutes away. Spend the 29th (Fri) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Sigiriya, examine the collection at Sigiriya Museum, browse the exhibits of Pethikada, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Sigiriya trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Sigiriya takes 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dambulla, Dhilip De Alwis, Minneriya National Park
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

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Kandy, Sri Lanka

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 (Sat), take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, then browse the collection at Buddhist Publication Society, then explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, then steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then don't miss a visit to Galmaduwa temple kandy, and finally appreciate the history behind Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Kandy online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Sigiriya to Kandy by car takes about 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

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Ella, Sri Lanka

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.
Ella is known for nature, spas, parks, museums, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, learn more about the world around you at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, look for gifts at Ella Gem & Jewelry, and take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Ella trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Kandy to Ella in 4 hours. Another option is to take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Tours
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Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

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Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka

Arugam Bay ©
On the 5th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Muhudu Maha Vihara and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kudumbigala Monastery. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, contemplate the waterfront views at Pottuvil Lagoon, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then explore the activities along Arugam Bay, and finally look for gifts at Rice & Carry Bags Shop.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Arugam Bay day trip site .

Traveling by car from Ella to Arugam Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Arugam Bay sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Hambantota.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Historic Sites Shopping Nature
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Pottuvil Lagoon ©
Pottuvil Lagoon
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara
Spas

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Hambantota, Sri Lanka

Hambantota ©
Hambantota is the main town in Hambantota District, Southern Province, Sri Lanka. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Ussangoda National Park and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bundala National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Kalametiya Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Turtle Conservation Project Turtle Watch, and then kick back and relax at Kahandamodara Beach.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Hambantota trip maker app .

You can drive from Arugam Bay to Hambantota in 4 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can drive to Matara.

Things to do in Hambantota

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kalametiya Beach, Ussangoda National Park, Bundala National Park, Kahandamodara Beach, Turtle Conservation Project Turtle Watch
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Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park
Ussangoda National Park ©
Ussangoda National Park
Kahandamodara Beach ©
Kahandamodara Beach

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Matara, Sri Lanka

Matara ©
A commercial capital in the south, Matara offers a real taste of Sri Lanka, which the southern coast's beach resorts often lack.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirissa Beach, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara, then enjoy the sand and surf at Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa), and then take in the dramatic natural features at Blow Hole Hummanaya.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Matara route site .

You can drive from Hambantota to Matara in 2 hours. In December in Matara, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Matara

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mirissa, Tangalle, Blow Hole Hummanaya
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara ©
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara

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Galle, Sri Lanka

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Explore Galle's surroundings by going to Hikkaduwa (Hikkaduwa Beach, Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa, & more) and Bentota Beach (in Bentota). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Farm, make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda, and enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Galle trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Matara to Galle by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Galle can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Colombo.

Things to do in Galle

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Bentota Beach
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

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Colombo, Sri Lanka

Colombo ©
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Go for a jaunt from Colombo to Bentota to see Sea Turtle Protection Association about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Lavinia Beach, and appreciate the history behind Independence Memorial Hall.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Colombo trip planner .

Traveling by train from Galle to Colombo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Singapore.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Sea Turtle Protection Association
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Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum

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Singapore, Singapore

Singapore ©
When in Singapore, make a side trip to see Universal Studios Singapore in Sentosa Island, approximately 32 minutes away. See even more of Singapore: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Singapore Zoo, make a trip to Singapore Flyer, take in panoramic vistas at Fort Siloso Skywalk, and get engrossed in the history at The Maritime Experiential Museum.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Singapore holiday planner.

Getting from Colombo to Singapore by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Singapore Time is 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Singapore

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Sentosa Island
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Singapore Zoo ©
Singapore Zoo
Singapore Botanic Gardens ©
Singapore Botanic Gardens
Singapore Flyer ©
Singapore Flyer

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