12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru
Fly + Taxi:  6​h 30​min
1
Kandy
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
2
Unawatuna
— 4 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2​h 15​min
3
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Dambulla
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Bengaluru

2
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.
Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Kandy Lake, then contemplate the long history of 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.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kandy attractions planner .

Bengaluru, India to Kandy is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or fly. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Knuckles Forest Reserve
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Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

4
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Attractions like Jungle Beach and Mihiripenna Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Unawatuna side-trips: Mirissa (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Mirissa Beach), Medawatta Beach (in Matara) and Bentota Beach (in Bentota).

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Unawatuna attractions planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Unawatuna in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Unawatuna are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ella.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Galle, Mirissa, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery, Bentota Beach, Medawatta Beach
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach

2
nights
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 18th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, and then make a trip to Demodara Nine Arch Bridge. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on nature at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, then take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, then savor the flavors at Honey Bee Garden, and finally stop by Ella Gem & Jewelry.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Ella day trip website .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Unawatuna to Ella in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Ravana Ella Falls ©
Ravana Ella Falls

3
nights
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Change things up with these side-trips from Dambulla: Pidurangala Rock (in Sigiriya) and Euphoria Spice and Herbal (in Matale). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Temple of Dambulla, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park, delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Dambulla journey website .

You can drive from Ella to Dambulla in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dambulla

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Dhilip De Alwis, Minneriya National Park, Euphoria Spice and Herbal
Highlights from your plan
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park
Dhilip De Alwis ©
Dhilip De Alwis

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