12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka travel route builder

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Colombo
— 1 night
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Galle
— 1 night
Fly
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Kandy
— 1 night
Drive
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Ella
— 1 night
Drive
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Arugam Bay
— 1 night
Drive
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Sigiriya
— 5 nights
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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.
On the 14th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Old Kathiresan Temple, make a trip to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, then look for gifts at Urban Island, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sat): kick back and relax at Negombo Beach, then don't miss a visit to Dutch Fort, then take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum, and finally stroll around Galle Face Green.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Colombo online trip itinerary builder.

London, UK to Colombo is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5.5 hours traveling from London to Colombo. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from London in June; daily highs in Colombo reach 37°C and lows reach 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to Galle.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Galle

— 1 night
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
On the 16th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Jungle Beach, then make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda, then view the masterpieces at Pilgrims Lounge Chrishtopher Handicraft and Paint Gallery, and finally contemplate the long history of Galle Fort.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Galle trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Colombo to Galle takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

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.
On the 17th (Mon), take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, then don't miss a visit to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and finally explore the activities along Kandy Lake.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kandy day trip planner.

Fly from Galle to Kandy in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

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 18th (Tue): look for gifts at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, then take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, and finally stop by Ella Gem & Jewelry.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Ella online travel planner.

You can drive from Kandy to Ella in 4 hours. Another option is to take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can go by car to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Shopping

Arugam Bay

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): stop by Rice & Carry Bags Shop, then explore the activities along Arugam Bay, then explore the activities along Pottuvil Lagoon, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Arugam Bay trip planner.

Getting from Ella to Arugam Bay by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Spas

Sigiriya

— 5 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Dambulla (Balloon Rides, Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, &more) and Safaris (in Habarana). Spend the 22nd (Sat) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Sigiriya Fortress, don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, examine the collection at Sigiriya Museum, and stroll through Dhilip De Alwis.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Sigiriya journey builder app.

You can drive from Arugam Bay to Sigiriya in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of bus and taxi. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Sri Lanka travel guide

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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.