12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka trip itinerary planner
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Galle
— 1 night
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Ella
— 1 night
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Habarana
— 3 nights
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Nilaveli
— 2 nights
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Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
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Kandy
— 2 nights
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Galle — 1 night

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Hikkaduwa Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch Reformed Church, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara, and then stop by Cara Jewellers.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Galle trip itinerary builder website.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Galle is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You'll lose 1.5 hours traveling from Dubai to Galle due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Dubai in September; daily highs in Galle reach 36°C and lows reach 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Ella.
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Ella — 1 night

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 3rd (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, and then admire the natural beauty at Ella Spice Garden.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Ella online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Galle to Ella in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Habarana.
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Habarana — 3 nights

Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kaudulla National Park and Off-Road Tours. Get outdoors at Safaris and Golden Temple of Dambulla. There's more to do: delve into the distant past at Sigiriya Fortress and view the masterpieces at Pethikada.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Habarana road trip tool.

You can drive from Ella to Habarana in 4 hours. Another option is to take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Nilaveli.
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Nilaveli — 2 nights

The coastal resort town of Nilaveli draws visitors with its beaches, dive spots, and seaside hotels.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Nilaveli Beach. Keep things going the next day: stroll the grounds of Trincomalee War Cemetery and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Koneswaram Temple.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Nilaveli trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Habarana to Nilaveli in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Anuradhapura.
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Anuradhapura — 2 nights

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.
On the 9th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Isurumuniya Temple and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ruwanwelisaya.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Anuradhapura trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nilaveli to Anuradhapura takes 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kandy.
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Kandy — 2 nights

Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
On the 11th (Sun), make a trip to Royal Botanical Gardens, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, then look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, and finally don't miss a visit to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Udawattekele Sanctuary.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kandy journey maker.

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Kandy takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Sri Lanka travel guide

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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.
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