12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Fly
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Colombo
— 2 nights
Train to Habarana, Taxi to Dambulla
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Dambulla
— 1 night
Drive
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Ella
— 1 night
Drive
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Arugam Bay
— 1 night
Drive
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Yala National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mirissa
— 1 night
Drive
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Hikkaduwa
— 3 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Safaris and Mount Lavinia Beach. Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple and Traditional Puppet Art Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and stop by Vogue Jewellers (Pvt) Ltd.

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Melbourne, Australia to Colombo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Colombo, you'll gain 4.5 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Melbourne, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Colombo, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

1
night
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 12th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Sigiriya Fortress and then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Dambulla road trip planning website.

Do a combination of train and taxi from Colombo to Dambulla in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

1
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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 13th (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in nature's colorful creations at Ella Spice Garden, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Ella trip itinerary app.

Getting from Dambulla to Ella by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Spas

1
night
Arugam Bay

Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): see Sage Tours, contemplate the waterfront views at Arugam Bay, and then head outdoors with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Arugam Bay trip builder app.

Drive from Ella to Arugam Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, daytime highs in Arugam Bay are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors · Transportation · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 14:

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Yala National Park

One of the most popular national parks in the country, Yala National Park boasts a wide variety of animals, and does important work in conserving and growing populations.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiri Vehera.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Yala National Park online attractions planner.

Getting from Arugam Bay to Yala National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. You will leave for Mirissa on the 16th (Wed).

Things to do in Yala National Park

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 14 — 16:

1
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Mirissa

The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Mirissa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Yala National Park to Mirissa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In December, daily temperatures in Mirissa can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

3
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Hikkaduwa

One of the most scenic beach resorts in Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa features a number of long white sand beaches with palm trees and gentle waves.
On the 18th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara, kick back and relax at Narigama Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Hikkaduwa Beach. On the 19th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Hikkaduwa journey site.

You can drive from Mirissa to Hikkaduwa in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Spas

Side Trips

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.

Galle District travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Historic Sites