12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Dammam
Fly + Drive:  11 h 30 min
1
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Nuwara Eliya
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Tissamaharama
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
Hikkaduwa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Colombo
— 2 nights
Fly:  9 h 15 min
End: Dammam

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.
You've now added Sigiriya to your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Sriya & Daya Curio Shop. When in Kandy, make a side trip to see Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala, approximately 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, look for gifts at Jayamali Batiks Studio, tour the pleasant surroundings at Knuckles Forest Reserve, and stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery.

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Dammam, Saudi Arabia to Kandy is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Dammam to Kandy. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Royal Botanical Gardens, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

2
nights
Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya ©
Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
On the 13th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Horton Plains National Park, explore the activities along Kande-ela Reservoir, and then get to know the fascinating history of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax in the rural setting at Bluefield Tea Gardens, stop by Mackwoods Tea Centre, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Xavier's Church.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Nuwara Eliya online holiday planner .

Getting from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya by car takes about 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Nature Historic Sites Parks
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Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
St. Xavier's Church ©
St. Xavier's Church
Bluefield Tea Gardens ©
Bluefield Tea Gardens

2
nights
Tissamaharama

Tourism in Tissamaharama revolves around the town's vast historic and cultural heritage, with the surroundings of scenic paddy fields adding to the ambiance.
On the 15th (Wed), see Off-Road Tours and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiri Vehera and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kataragama Temple.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Tissamaharama online route planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Nuwara Eliya to Tissamaharama in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kataragama
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Safaris
Kataragama Temple ©
Kataragama Temple
Kiri Vehera ©
Kiri Vehera

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Bentota Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Jungle Beach, then stroll through Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally stroll through Hikkaduwa Beach.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Hikkaduwa day trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Nuwara Eliya to Hikkaduwa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Hikkaduwa can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Colombo.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa, Jungle Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Galle Fort, Bentota Beach
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Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
On the 19th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Negombo Beach, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Anne's Church, then browse the different shops at Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Colombo tour itinerary planning site .

Drive from Hikkaduwa to Colombo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Shopping Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trip

Negombo
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Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct ©
Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach

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