12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka trip planner
Make it your trip
Fly
1
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive
2
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
Drive
3
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Arugam Bay
— 4 nights
Drive
5
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Colombo
— 1 night
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Kandy — 1 night

Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, and finally explore the activities along Kandy Lake.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kandy trip maker website.

Manama, Bahrain to Kandy is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You'll lose 2.5 hours traveling from Manama to Kandy due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can drive to Anuradhapura.
Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature
Side Trip

Anuradhapura — 1 night

Explore the well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sri Lankan civilization and its former capital at Anuradhapura, a World Heritage Site and erstwhile center of Theravada Buddhism set amidst peaceful green parks.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mihintale.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Anuradhapura trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Kandy to Anuradhapura in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and train; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Sigiriya.
Historic Sites

Sigiriya — 2 nights

The historic rock of the same name dominates the landscape of World Heritage-listed Sigiriya, where the steep and striking lava plug contains the ruins of an ancient empire.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, don't miss a visit to Sigiriya Fortress, then view the masterpieces at Pethikada, and finally stroll through Dhilip De Alwis. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Sigiriya driving holiday site.

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Sigiriya in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Arugam Bay.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jul 1 — 3:

Arugam Bay — 4 nights

Spend the 5th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Arugam Bay planning site.

Drive from Sigiriya to Arugam Bay in 5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Arugam Bay can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to drive to Ella.
Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Nature
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Ella — 2 nights

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 8th (Fri): take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge and then expand your horizons at Honey Bee Garden. On the 9th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, and then stop by Iman’s Tattoo & Piercing Studio in Ella.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Ella day trip planner.

You can drive from Arugam Bay to Ella in 3 hours. In July in Ella, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can drive to Colombo.
Parks · Classes · Nature · Fun & Games

Colombo — 1 night

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 10th (Sun): soothe aching muscles at Kemara, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, and then stroll around Galle Face Green.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Colombo road trip planning site.

You can drive from Ella to Colombo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Colombo are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.
Baths · Spas · Historic Sites · Parks

Sri Lanka travel guide

4.2
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.