12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Bengaluru
Fly + Taxi:  4 h 30 min
1
Galle
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h
2
Kandy
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  2 h
3
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
5
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 15 min
6
Colombo
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
End: Bengaluru

2
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galle: Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Parrot Rock Bridge) and Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, stroll through Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Unawatuna Devol Devalaya, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Galle trip itinerary maker.

Bengaluru, India to Galle is an approximately 4.5- hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also fly. Traveling from Bengaluru in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 30°C in Galle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Mirissa, Hikkaduwa Beach
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Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach

1
night
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 26th (Sat): explore the activities along Kandy Lake, then don't miss a visit to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kandy visit site.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Galle to Kandy in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Udawalawe National Park.

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

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Transit Home (ETH) and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park.

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, go to the Udawalawe National Park travel planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Udawalawe National Park in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In September in Udawalawe National Park, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by R. M. S Antique And Brassware, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, then take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Ella trip planner.

You can drive from Udawalawe National Park to Ella in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes

Side Trip

Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge

2
nights
Sigiriya

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 30th (Wed), browse the exhibits of Pethikada, then don't miss a visit to Sigiriya, then make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, and finally pick up a one of a kind souvenir at sigiri art gallery. On the 1st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Dambulla Royal Cave Temple, then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, and then don't miss a visit to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Sigiriya trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Ella to Sigiriya takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Dambulla
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

3
nights
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.
On the 2nd (Fri), admire the masterpieces at Ranjiths Carving and Batik Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bentota Beach, and then stroll through Sea Turtle Protection Association. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat): walk around Galle Face Green, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, then get your game on at VRx, and finally indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Colombo online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Sigiriya to Colombo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in October, and nighttime lows around 29°C. On the 4th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Bentota, Negombo, Ranjiths Carving and Batik Museum
Highlights from your plan
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

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