12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Colombo
— 2 nights
Taxi to Diyawanna Oya, Fly to Kandy
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Kandy
— 1 night
Drive
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Arugam Bay
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ella
— 2 nights
Drive
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Unawatuna
— 4 nights
Fly

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Colombo

— 2 nights
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 13th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Sri Jayawardanapura City and then stroll through Mount Lavinia Beach. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Lakarcade, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, then walk around Galle Face Green, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Negombo Beach.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Colombo travel itinerary planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Colombo is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You'll lose 1.5 hours traveling from Dubai to Colombo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dubai in July, things will get slightly colder in Colombo: highs are around 37°C and lows about 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trips

Kandy

— 1 night
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 15th (Mon): see the interesting displays at World Buddhist Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and finally explore and take pictures at Royal Botanical Gardens.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kandy trip app.

Getting from Colombo to Kandy by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Arugam Bay

— 2 nights
On the 16th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kudumbigala Monastery, explore the activities along Pottuvil Lagoon, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Arugam Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Muhudu Maha Vihara, then get outside with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka, and then stop by Rice & Carry Bags Shop.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Arugam Bay trip planner.

Drive from Kandy to Arugam Bay in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of train, taxi, and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Arugam Bay can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Ella

— 2 nights
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 18th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Kinellan Tea Factory, then explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, and then admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls. On the next day, admire the natural beauty at Ella Spice Garden, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, then take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge, and finally look for gifts at R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

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Getting from Arugam Bay to Ella by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Ella can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Shopping

Unawatuna

— 4 nights
Palm-fringed beaches with golden sand, turquoise water, and a colorful coral reef are enough to draw any beachgoer to Unawatuna, but there's plenty to do off the beach here as well.
Bring the kids along to Jungle Beach and Galle Fort. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Unawatuna: Bentota Beach (in Bentota), Hikkaduwa (Community Tsunami Museum & Hikkaduwa Beach) and Ahungalla Beach (in Ahungalla). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mihiripenna Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Unawatuna Devol Devalaya, and don't miss a visit to Japanese Peace Pagoda.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Unawatuna trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Ella to Unawatuna takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sri Lanka travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Nature & Parks
India's Teardrop
Shaped like a teardrop and located just below the southern tip of India, lush Sri Lanka boasts some of the greatest biodiversity in the world. Unless you time your Sri Lanka holiday for monsoon season, you can expect bright blue skies and plenty of sunshine, perfect for exploring tropical forests, historic temples, colonial forts, and many other buildings dating back to Dutch rule. Popular things to do in Sri Lanka include swimming, sailing, and surfing, though a growing number of visitors come here just to eat their way around the country. Greatly influenced by nearby India, the national cuisine also features many elements of European cooking--a result of the Dutch and Portuguese colonial years. Of course, a trip to Sri Lanka would not be complete without a cup of its world-famous Ceylon tea.