12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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1
Colombo
— 1 day
2
Galle
— 2 nights
3
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
4
Ella
— 2 nights
5
Arugam Bay
— 3 nights
6
Dambulla
— 1 night
7
Kandy
— 2 nights

1
day
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.
On the 1st (Thu), admire the masterpieces at The Galleries of Sapumal Foundation, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, then walk around Galle Face Green, and finally stop by Vogue Jewellers.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Colombo trip planner.

Male, Maldives to Colombo is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of ferry and flight. The time zone changes from Maldives Time (MVT) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a 0.5 hour difference. October in Colombo sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Colombo

Museums · Shopping · Parks
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The Galleries of Sapumal Foundation ©
The Galleries of Sapumal Foundation
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple

2
nights
Galle

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then contemplate the long history of Galle Fort. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then enjoy some diversion at Sithma Gems & Jewellery.

To see ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Galle sightseeing planner.

Getting from Colombo to Galle by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In October in Galle, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Unawatuna
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

1
night
Udawalawe National Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Udawalawe National Park.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Udawalawe National Park itinerary maker.

Drive from Galle to Udawalawe National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In October in Udawalawe National Park, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Nature · Parks · Wildlife

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, then take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge, and finally admire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Tue): indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock.

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

Drive from Udawalawe National Park to Ella in 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Classes
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

3
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay is known for adventure, nature, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: test the waters at Deergayu Acupressure Center, see Sage Tours, get outside with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka, and explore the activities along Arugam Bay.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Arugam Bay day trip app.

Traveling by car from Ella to Arugam Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Dambulla.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
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Whisky Point, Sri Lanka ©
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka
Pottuvil Lagoon ©
Pottuvil Lagoon
Sage Tours ©
Sage Tours

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 10th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, make a trip to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Dambulla trip planner.

Traveling by car from Arugam Bay to Dambulla takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Sigiriya
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs ©
Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs

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.
On the 11th (Sun), explore the activities along Kandy Lake, look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, make a trip to Galmaduwa temple kandy, then make a trip to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally indulge in some culinary diversions at Withlocals. On the next day, get outside with Pearly Gates Lanka and then admire all the interesting features of Royal Botanical Gardens.

To see other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kandy online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Dambulla to Kandy takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
Highlights from your plan
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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