12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Fly
1
Colombo
— 1 night
Drive
2
Galle
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Drive
4
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Dambulla
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Kandy
— 2 nights
Fly

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Colombo

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
On the 20th (Wed), stroll around Galle Face Green, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, then look for gifts at Urban Island, then take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum, and finally pause for some photo ops at Independence Memorial Hall.

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Colombo holiday maker website.

Geneva, Switzerland to Colombo is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4.5 hours traveling from Geneva to Colombo. Traveling from Geneva in January, expect Colombo to be warmer, temps between 37°C and 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can go by car to Galle.

Things to do in Colombo

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

3
nights
Galle

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Get out of town with these interesting Galle side-trips: Mirissa (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Mirissa Beach), Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa) and Bentota Beach (in Bentota). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Unawatuna Devol Devalaya, enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, and look for gifts at Made In Ceylon.

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

Getting from Colombo to Galle by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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1
night
Udawalawe National Park

One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Udawalawe National Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Udawalawe National Park journey planning site.

You can drive from Galle to Udawalawe National Park in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

2
nights
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 25th (Mon), take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, and then indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour. On your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden, take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, and finally look for gifts at R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Ella trip tool.

You can drive from Udawalawe National Park to Ella in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Classes · Shopping

2
nights
Dambulla

On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Sigiriya Fortress, don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, then view the masterpieces at Pethikada, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Dhilip De Alwis, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dambulla Cave Temple, then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, and finally don't miss a visit to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Dambulla trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Ella to Dambulla takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

2
nights
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 29th (Fri), stroll through Royal Botanical Gardens, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, then stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, and finally make a trip to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kandy trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Dambulla to Kandy in 2.5 hours. On the 30th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Sri Lanka travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Nature & Parks
India's Teardrop
Shaped like a teardrop and located just below the southern tip of India, lush Sri Lanka boasts some of the greatest biodiversity in the world. Unless you time your Sri Lanka holiday for monsoon season, you can expect bright blue skies and plenty of sunshine, perfect for exploring tropical forests, historic temples, colonial forts, and many other buildings dating back to Dutch rule. Popular things to do in Sri Lanka include swimming, sailing, and surfing, though a growing number of visitors come here just to eat their way around the country. Greatly influenced by nearby India, the national cuisine also features many elements of European cooking--a result of the Dutch and Portuguese colonial years. Of course, a trip to Sri Lanka would not be complete without a cup of its world-famous Ceylon tea.