24 days in Singapore & Sri Lanka Itinerary

24 days in Singapore & Sri Lanka Itinerary

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24 days in Singapore & Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Singapore, Singapore
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
2
Colombo, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Dambulla, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Ella, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
6
Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
7
Mirissa, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
8
Galle, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
9
Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  19​h
End: Melbourne, Australia

3
nights
Singapore, Singapore

Singapore ©
A Singapore vacation reveals the many charms of a leading city-state and regional hub of culture, retail, and tourism.
Singapore is known for parks, shopping, zoos & aquariums, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the resident critters at Singapore Zoo, admire the natural beauty at Singapore Botanic Gardens, don't miss a visit to Gardens by the Bay, and enjoy breathtaking views from Singapore Flyer.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Singapore trip itinerary planning site .

Melbourne, Australia to Singapore is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Singapore, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Melbourne in December, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Singapore: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Singapore

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Singapore Zoo ©
Singapore Zoo
Singapore Botanic Gardens ©
Singapore Botanic Gardens
Singapore Flyer ©
Singapore Flyer

2
nights
Colombo, Sri Lanka

Colombo ©
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): look for gifts at DIANA Souvenirs, enjoy the sand and surf at Negombo Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old Kathiresan Temple, then stroll around Galle Face Green, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum, view the masterpieces at Ganeshism Studio Gallery, and then make a trip to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Colombo trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Singapore to Colombo takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Singapore to Colombo is minus 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Colombo

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Negombo
Highlights from your plan
Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

2
nights
Dambulla, Sri Lanka

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 8th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, don't miss a visit to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Temple of Dambulla.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Dambulla trip planner.

You can take a train from Colombo to Dambulla in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Sigiriya
Highlights from your plan
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs ©
Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs

2
nights
Ella, Sri Lanka

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 9th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, then take in the views from Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, and then savor the flavors at Honey Bee Garden. On your second day here, take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, and finally take an in-depth tour of R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Ella trip itinerary maker site .

Drive from Dambulla to Ella in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

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

2
nights
Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka

Arugam Bay ©
On the 11th (Wed), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then contemplate the waterfront views at Arugam Bay, then stop by Rice & Carry Bags Shop, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kudumbigala Monastery. 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 contemplate the waterfront views at Pottuvil Lagoon.

Planning Arugam Bay trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Ella to Arugam Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Arugam Bay can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors Historic Sites Nature
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara
Pottuvil Lagoon ©
Pottuvil Lagoon

3
nights
Kandy, Sri Lanka

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Take a break from Kandy with a short trip to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala, about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, don't miss a visit to Royal Botanical Gardens, identify plant and animal life at Knuckles Forest Reserve, and stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Kandy online holiday planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Arugam Bay to Kandy in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Knuckles Forest Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

2
nights
Mirissa, Sri Lanka

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
On the 16th (Mon), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, enjoy the sand and surf at Polhena Beach, and then experience rural life at Nandana Tea Factory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Tue): stop by LAZY.RIDE, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Mirissa road trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Mirissa in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Polhena Beach, Nandana Tea Factory
Highlights from your plan
Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach

3
nights
Galle, Sri Lanka

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Galle is known for historic sites, shopping, wildlife, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Sinharaja Forest Reserve, enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, don't miss a visit to Japanese Peace Pagoda, and contemplate the long history of Galle Fort.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Galle travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Mirissa to Galle in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December in Galle, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Galle

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Unawatuna
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Sinharaja Forest Reserve ©
Sinharaja Forest Reserve
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka

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.
Step out of Hikkaduwa to go to Bentota and see Bentota Beach, which is approximately 56 minutes away. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Hikkaduwa Beach, view the masterpieces at Tsunami Photo Museum, look for gifts at Genuine Batik, and make a trip to Tsunami Honganji Vihara.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Hikkaduwa day trip app .

Traveling by car from Galle to Hikkaduwa takes an hour. December in Hikkaduwa sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kowilawatta Temple, Tsunami Photo Museum, Bentota Beach
Highlights from your plan
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum

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