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:  13​h 45​min
1
Colombo
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Bentota
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Galle
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h
4
Kandy
— 5 nights
taxi + Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Sydney

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at The Galleries of Sapumal Foundation, get engrossed in the history at The Bandaranaike Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Colombo National Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Negombo Beach, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Murugan Temple, then take in the exciting artwork at Ganeshism Studio Gallery, and finally stop by Salie's Fine Jewelry & Gem Stones.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Colombo tour itinerary planner .

Sydney, Australia to Colombo is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Colombo is minus 4 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in January; daily highs in Colombo reach 37°C and lows reach 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Bentota.

Things to do in Colombo

Museums Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Murugan Temple, Negombo Beach
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Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach

1
night
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Sri Vijayarama Viharaya, then examine the collection at Ranjiths Carving and Batik Museum, and then kick back and relax at Bentota Beach.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Bentota trip itinerary planner .

Take a train from Colombo to Bentota in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daytime highs in Bentota are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Bentota

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Sri Vijayarama Viharaya, Ranjiths Carving and Batik Museum
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Sri Vijayarama Viharaya ©
Sri Vijayarama Viharaya
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach

3
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Get a sense of the local culture at Galle Fort and Community Tsunami Museum. Head to Tsunami Photo Museum and Lak Gems & Jewelleryfor plenty of shopping. Venture out of the city with trips to Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching) and Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, explore the galleries of Saffron Robes Gallery and Studio, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naga Viharaya.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Galle route planning app .

Getting from Bentota to Galle by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Galle can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna, Mirissa, Tsunami Photo Museum
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Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dolphin & Whale Watching

5
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.
Visit Sigiriya and Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Golden Temple of Dambulla and Arankelle Ancient Monastery. Explore Kandy's surroundings by going to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs (in Dambulla). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Royal Botanical Gardens, look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and learn more about the world around you at Natural Gems and Gemmological Museum.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kandy day trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Galle to Kandy in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Dambulla, Arankelle Ancient Monastery, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Sigiriya, Royal Botanical Gardens
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla

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