12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka trip itinerary planner

Plan created by another user.Make it yours

Route & dates

1
Colombo
— 1 night
2
Arugam Bay
— 1 night
3
Ella
— 1 night
4
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
5
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
6
Galle
— 1 night
7
Kandy
— 3 nights

1
night
Colombo

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): look for gifts at Vogue Jewellers, thenstroll around Galle Face Green, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Colombo National Museum and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Colombo vacation maker.

London, UK to Colombo is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll lose 5.5 hours traveling from London to Colombo due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from London in September; daily highs in Colombo reach °C and lows reach °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Colombo

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple

1
night
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, visit a coastal fixture at Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, thenexplore the activities along Pottuvil Lagoon, thenrelax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally explore the activities along Arugam Bay.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Arugam Bay trip itinerary app.

Getting from Colombo to Arugam Bay by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Spas
Pottuvil Lagoon ©
Pottuvil Lagoon

1
night
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 11th (Fri): take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge, thentake your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, thensavor the flavors at Honey Bee Garden, and finally stop by R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Ella sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Arugam Bay to Ella in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge

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.
On the 12th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Udawalawe National Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Udawalawe National Park route planner.

You can drive from Ella to Udawalawe National Park in 2.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Udawalawe National Park can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature

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 13th (Sun), delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, thenmake a trip to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, and then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla. On your second day here, make a trip to Pidurangala Rock and then explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Sigiriya planner.

Fly from Udawalawe National Park to Sigiriya in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Galle.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dambulla, Minneriya National Park
Highlights from your plan
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

1
night
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda, enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, and then steep yourself in history at Galle Fort.

To plan Galle vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Galle takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daytime highs in Galle are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Unawatuna
Highlights from your plan
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Japanese Peace Pagoda ©
Japanese Peace Pagoda

3
nights
Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kandy: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Millennium Elephant Foundation (in Kegalle). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, and see the interesting displays at World Buddhist Museum.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kandy online trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Galle to Kandy takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Royal Botanical Gardens, Millennium Elephant Foundation
Highlights from your plan
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

Similar Plans

22 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights Preferences: August, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 10 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES February, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: February, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 11 days in Maldives & Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES February, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems Preferences: February, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Slow & easy 16 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM THE NETHERLANDS April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, hidden gems Preferences: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Medium 13 days in Sri Lanka & Maldives BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights Preferences: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 21 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM THE NETHERLANDS January, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, popular sights Preferences: January, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Slow & easy 15 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular sights Preferences: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 15 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: April, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 38 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM DENMARK January, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems Preferences: January, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Slow & easy 19 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM DENMARK February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, hidden gems Preferences: February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Medium 50 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM DENMARK January, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems Preferences: January, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Slow & easy 29 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM DENMARK March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, hidden gems Preferences: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Medium
See more plans