13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Colombo
— 2 nights
2
Galle
— 1 night
3
Arugam Bay
— 2 nights
4
Ella
— 1 night
5
Nuwara Eliya
— 1 night
6
Kandy
— 1 night
7
Dambulla
— 3 nights

2
nights
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 20th (Thu), look for gifts at Sifani Jewelers, stop by TaxiColombo CMB Airport Taxi, stroll around Galle Face Green, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, then pause for some photo ops at Independence Memorial Hall, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Ganeshism Studio Gallery. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Borella All Saints Church, and then don't miss a visit to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Colombo trip planner.

Edmonton, Canada to Colombo is an approximately 27-hour flight. You'll lose 12.5 hours traveling from Edmonton to Colombo due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Edmonton in May; daily highs in Colombo reach 38°C and lows reach 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Colombo

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
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Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara ©
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara

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Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
On the 22nd (Sat), browse the handmade items at Sithma Gems & Jewellery, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then contemplate the long history of Galle Fort.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Galle trip planner.

You can drive from Colombo to Galle in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Galle are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Galle

Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Classes

Side Trip

Unawatuna
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Spas & Wellness
Sithma Gems & Jewellery ©
Sithma Gems & Jewellery

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nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): stop by Sage Tours, look for gifts at Rice & Carry Bags Shop, and then boost your wellbeing at Deergayu Acupressure Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka, don't miss a visit to Muhudu Maha Vihara, and then explore the activities along Arugam Bay.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Arugam Bay trip planning app.

You can drive from Galle to Arugam Bay in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors · Tours · Shopping
Find places to stay May 22 — 24:
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Whisky Point, Sri Lanka ©
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka
Sage Tours ©
Sage Tours
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, look for gifts at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, and finally admire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Ella online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Arugam Bay to Ella in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in May, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Classes
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ravana Ella Falls ©
Ravana Ella Falls
Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden

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night
Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya ©
Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): indulge your senses at Nitwo tours ( MAY 7 ), explore the activities along Gregory Lake, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Nuwara Eliya tour builder site.

Traveling by car from Ella to Nuwara Eliya takes 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Tours · Wineries · Transportation
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Nitwo tours ( MAY 7 ) ©
Nitwo tours ( MAY 7 )
Gregory Lake ©
Gregory Lake

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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 27th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Royal Botanical Gardens, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asgiri Maha Vihara pirivena, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kandy trip planner.

You can drive from Nuwara Eliya to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, explore the galleries of Pethikada, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sath Paththini Devalaya, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Golden Temple of Dambulla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Hurulu Eco Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis, and then delve into the distant past at Sigiriya.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Dambulla online road trip planner.

You can drive from Kandy to Dambulla in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Habarana
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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