12 days in Phnom Penh & Sri Lanka Itinerary

12 days in Phnom Penh & Sri Lanka Itinerary

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12 days in Phnom Penh & Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
1
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  11​h 15​min
2
Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Ella, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 15​min
4
Unawatuna, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
5
Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

2
nights
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Phnom Penh ©
On the confluence of two major rivers, Phnom Penh occupies a scenic location largely responsible for its nickname the "Charming City." On a trip to Phnom Penh you'll discover one of Asia's most dynamic cities, where the natives live much of their lives outdoors, on the streets, and in the bustling markets filled with scents of spicy foods.
Phnom Penh is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nightlife, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, get engrossed in the history at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, don't miss a visit to Central Market, and pause for some photo ops at Independence Monument.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Phnom Penh trip itinerary planner .

If you are flying in from Cambodia, the closest major airport is Phnom Penh International Airport. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Fun & Games Museums Historic Sites
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Choeung Ek Genocidal Center ©
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum ©
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace

1
night
Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

Sigiriya ©
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.
On the 25th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis, and then make a trip to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Sigiriya, explore the galleries of Pethikada, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Sigiriya road trip website .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Phnom Penh to Sigiriya in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Indochina Time (ICT) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

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

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.
On the 27th (Fri), explore the world behind art at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, then admire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden, then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, and finally take in the views from Demodara Nine Arch Bridge. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya, admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Ella trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Sigiriya to Ella in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes

Side Trip

Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya
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Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

3
nights
Unawatuna, Sri Lanka

Unawatuna ©
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Unawatuna: Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa), Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Mirissa).

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Unawatuna itinerary planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Ella to Unawatuna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Unawatuna are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Bentota, Nandana Tea Factory, Hikkaduwa Beach, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Asgiriya Maha Viharaya, and finally admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kandy trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Unawatuna to Kandy takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

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