13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Colombo
Train:  1 h 45 min
1
Galle
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h
2
Kandy
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h
3
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Ella
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Yala National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h
6
Dambulla
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
End: Colombo

2
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galle: Hikkaduwa (Community Tsunami Museum & Hikkaduwa Beach), Bentota Beach (in Bentota) and Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Unawatuna Devol Devalaya.

To see reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Galle online journey planner.

Colombo to Galle is an approximately 2- hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. In March in Galle, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Mirissa, Hikkaduwa, Bentota Beach, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Pinnawala (Pinnawala Handicrafts Emporium & Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage) and Millennium Elephant Foundation (in Kegalle). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, make a trip to Degaldoruwa Temple, get lost in a book at Buddhist Publication Society, and pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Sriya & Daya Curio Shop.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kandy day trip planning site.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Galle to Kandy takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Peradeniya, Pinnawala, Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Kundasale, Millennium Elephant Foundation
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): stroll through Elephant Transit Home (ETH) and then explore the striking landscape of Udawalawe National Park.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Udawalawe National Park trip planning tool.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Udawalawe National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In April, daily temperatures in Udawalawe National Park can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)

3
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Ella: Nuwara Eliya (Hakgala Botanic Gardens & Kolapathana Falls) and Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya (in Wellawaya). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, savor the flavors at Honey Bee Garden, snap pictures at Nine Arch Bridge, and look for gifts at R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Ella trip planner.

You can drive from Udawalawe National Park to Ella in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes

Side Trips

Nuwara Eliya, Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

1
night
Yala National Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Yala National Park online journey builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ella to Yala National Park. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in April, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Nature Parks
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park

2
nights
Dambulla

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 10th (Fri): make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, then stroll through Golden Temple of Dambulla, and then soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Dambulla trip planner.

Getting from Yala National Park to Dambulla by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Dhilip De Alwis
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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