12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Kandy
— 1 day
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Dambulla
— 1 night
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Tissamaharama
— 1 night
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Ella
— 1 night
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Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
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Mirissa
— 2 nights
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Nuwara Eliya
— 3 nights

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace of Kandy, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kandy trip itinerary planner.

Durban, South Africa to Kandy is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to India Standard Time (IST) is 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Dambulla.

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
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

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Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
On the 22nd (Fri), delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, then catch a live event at Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dambulla Cave Temple, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla.

Plan a Dambulla trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Dambulla takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Dambulla Cave Temple
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Dambulla Cave Temple ©
Dambulla Cave Temple

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Tissamaharama

Tissamaharama ©
Tourism in Tissamaharama revolves around the town's vast historic and cultural heritage, with the surroundings of scenic paddy fields adding to the ambiance.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tissamaharama road trip planner.

You can fly from Dambulla to Tissamaharama in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. February in Tissamaharama sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Yala National Park
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park

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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.
On the 24th (Sun), take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge, take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, then take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, and finally don't miss a visit to Kinellan Tea Factory.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Ella road trip planning tool.

Drive from Tissamaharama to Ella in 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge

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Udawalawe National Park

Udawalawe National Park
One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
On the 25th (Mon), explore the striking landscape of Udawalawe National Park.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Udawalawe National Park day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Ella to Udawalawe National Park takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in February, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Mirissa.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

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Mirissa

The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
On the 26th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Polhena Beach, then stroll through Jungle Beach, then contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, and finally look for gifts at Stick No Bills Poster Gallery.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Mirissa online vacation planner.

You can drive from Udawalawe National Park to Mirissa in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and taxi. In February, daytime highs in Mirissa are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Galle, Polhena Beach, Jungle Beach
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach

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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.
Ashok Vatika has been added to your itinerary. On the 28th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sita Temple, then take in nature's colorful creations at Victoria Park of Nuwara Eliya, then head outdoors with Ashok Vatika, and finally explore the activities along Gregory Lake.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Nuwara Eliya route planner.

Drive from Mirissa to Nuwara Eliya in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. On the 2nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks · Outdoors · Nature
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Gregory Lake ©
Gregory Lake
Sita Temple ©
Sita Temple
Bluefield Tea Gardens ©
Bluefield Tea Gardens

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