12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Fly to Colombo, Taxi to Dambulla
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Dambulla
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kandy
— 1 night
Drive
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Arugam Bay
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ella
— 1 night
Drive
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Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Galle
— 1 night
Drive
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Colombo
— 2 nights
Fly

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Dambulla

On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
You've now added Minneriya National Park to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park, then deepen your understanding of the past and present with Kashyapa Tours - Day Tours, then make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, and finally get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, make a trip to Dambulla Cave Temple, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Temple of Dambulla, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Dambulla Royal Cave Temple.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Dambulla tour planner.

Ljubljana, Slovenia to Dambulla is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Ljubljana to Dambulla is 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Dambulla

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

1
night
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 12th (Sun), admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, then stop by Gamage Stores, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally explore the activities along Kandy Lake.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kandy attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Dambulla to Kandy takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

3
nights
Arugam Bay

Spend the 14th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Arugam Bay attractions planner.

Getting from Kandy to Arugam Bay by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of train, taxi, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Shopping
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1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, then make a trip to Nine Arches Bridge, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Ella trip planner.

Getting from Arugam Bay to Ella by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Classes · Adventure

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 17th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Udawalawe National Park trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Ella to Udawalawe National Park takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in September, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Galle.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

1
night
Galle

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then steep yourself in history at Galle Fort.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Galle trip planner.

Traveling by car from Udawalawe National Park to Galle takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Colombo.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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2
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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 19th (Sun), make a trip to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, look for gifts at Traditional Gem Mine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, and finally walk around Galle Face Green.

For photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Colombo route maker tool.

Drive from Galle to Colombo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Colombo sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

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.