12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + Taxi:  15 h
1
Galle
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h
2
Kandy
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  2 h
3
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 15 min
4
Sigiriya
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
Pinnawala
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  1 h 45 min
7
Colombo
— 4 nights
Fly:  13 h 45 min
End: Sydney

2
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): look for gifts at Lak Gems & Jewellery, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery. On your second day here, stroll through Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa, then enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, and then contemplate the long history of Galle Fort.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Galle trip itinerary planner .

Sydney, Australia to Galle is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or fly. Traveling from Sydney to Galle, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in October; daily highs in Galle reach 36°C and lows reach 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery, Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): explore the activities along Kandy Lake, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then make a trip to Kandy view point, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kandy trip planner .

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 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Udawalawe National Park.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Udawalawe National Park trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Udawalawe National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In October, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour and then explore the ancient world of Sigiriya.

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You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Udawalawe National Park to Sigiriya in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Safaris
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Safaris

1
night
Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura ©
Explore the well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sri Lankan civilization and its former capital at Anuradhapura, a World Heritage Site and erstwhile center of Theravada Buddhism set amidst peaceful green parks.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Moonstone or Sandakada pahana, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mihintale, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ruwanwelisaya, and finally delve into the distant past at Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate).

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Anuradhapura trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Anuradhapura takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Pinnawala.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites
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Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate) ©
Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate)

1
night
Pinnawala

Pinnawala ©
The main attraction in Pinnawala is undoubtedly its elephant orphanage.
On the 13th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Freedom Project.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Pinnawala online route builder .

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Pinnawala in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Pinnawala

Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Elephant Freedom Project
Highlights from your plan
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project

4
nights
Colombo

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple and Borella All Saints Church. Change things up with these side-trips from Colombo: Kalutara (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Holy Cross Church Kalutara), Bentota (Bentota Beach & Sea Turtle Protection Association) and Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project (in Kosgoda). There's still lots to do: take an exotic tour of a safari tour and walk around Galle Face Green.

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Getting from Pinnawala to Colombo by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Colombo are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Kalutara, Bentota, Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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