12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  17​h
1
Colombo
— 1 night
train:  2​h
2
Galle
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Dikwella
— 6 nights
Drive:  45​min
4
Matara
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
5
Mirissa
— 2 nights
Fly:  19​h
End: Melbourne

1
night
Colombo

Colombo ©
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
For maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Colombo holiday planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Colombo is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to India Standard Time, which is usually a -4 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in January; daily highs in Colombo reach 37°C and lows reach 27°C. On the 7th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Galle.
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Independence Memorial Hall ©
Independence Memorial Hall

few
hours
Galle

Galle
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Galle online trip maker .

You can take a train from Colombo to Galle in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Galle can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. On the 7th (Tue), you're off toDikwella.

Things to do in Galle

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

6
nights
Dikwella

Dikwella ©
Venture out of the city with trips to Kahandamodara Beach (in Kahandamodara), Bundala National Park (in Weligatta) and Turtle Conservation Project Turtle Watch (in Rekawa).

To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Dikwella trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Galle to Dikwella takes 1.5 hours. In January in Dikwella, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Matara.

Things to do in Dikwella

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Tangalle, Turtle Conservation Project Turtle Watch, Kahandamodara Beach, Bundala National Park, Safaris
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Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara ©
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara
Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) ©

1
night
Matara

Matara ©
A commercial capital in the south, Matara offers a real taste of Sri Lanka, which the southern coast's beach resorts often lack.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): make a trip to Dondra Head Lighthouse.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Matara online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Dikwella to Matara in an hour. In January, daily temperatures in Matara can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Mirissa.

Things to do in Matara

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Dondra Head Lighthouse
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Polhena Beach ©
Polhena Beach
Dondra Head Lighthouse ©
Dondra Head Lighthouse

2
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Mirissa road trip tool .

You can drive from Matara to Mirissa in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 27°C. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Beaches Tours
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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