12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
Negombo
— 1 day
Fly + Taxi:  1​h
2
Habarana
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Ella
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Hikkaduwa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Mirissa
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
6
Kandy
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Tel Aviv

1
day
Negombo

Negombo ©
Located close to the international airport, Negombo has a reputation for being either the first or last taste of the country for visitors.
On the 26th (Mon), hunt for treasures at Negombo Fish Market, stop by Selyn, then enjoy the sand and surf at Negombo Beach, and finally get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Negombo online journey planner .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Negombo is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Tel Aviv to Negombo is 3 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Habarana.

Things to do in Negombo

Shopping Outdoors Beaches
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Selyn ©
Selyn
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Negombo Fish Market ©
Negombo Fish Market

2
nights
Habarana

Habarana ©
Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
On the 27th (Tue), make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, then look for all kinds of wild species at Dhilip De Alwis, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Habarana tour itinerary builder website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Negombo to Habarana in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Habarana

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Golden Temple of Dambulla, Pidurangala Rock, Minneriya National Park
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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 29th (Thu): get a new perspective on nature at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, and then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Ella trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Habarana to Ella in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. August in Ella sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Ella

Nature Parks Shopping
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

2
nights
Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa ©
One of the most scenic beach resorts in Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa features a number of long white sand beaches with palm trees and gentle waves.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Bentota Beach, view the masterpieces at Tsunami Photo Museum, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Hikkaduwa Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Sat): look for gifts at Fort Art Jewels, explore the galleries of EXOTIC ROOTS, stroll through Jungle Beach, then see the interesting displays at Community Tsunami Museum, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Saffron Robes Gallery and Studio.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Hikkaduwa trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Ella to Hikkaduwa in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In August in Hikkaduwa, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Galle, Jungle Beach, Tsunami Photo Museum, Bentota Beach
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Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach

2
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirissa Beach, and then stop by LAZY.RIDE. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon): examine the collection at Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mihiripenna Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Medawatta Beach.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Mirissa online trip maker .

You can drive from Hikkaduwa to Mirissa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daytime highs in Mirissa are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Mihiripenna Beach, Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex, Medawatta Beach
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mihiripenna Beach ©
Mihiripenna Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Maha Vishnu Devalaya, then steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally examine the collection at Raja Museum. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Sriya & Daya Curio Shop, and finally don't miss a visit to Royal Botanical Gardens.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kandy day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Mirissa to Kandy takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. On the 5th (Thu), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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