12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Colombo
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h
2
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Nuwara Eliya
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Bentota
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
6
Colombo
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Singapore

1
night
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 23rd (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Colombo trip planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Colombo is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Singapore to Colombo, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Colombo

Museums
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Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum

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 Ella Rock to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): contemplate the long history of Temple of the Tooth and then steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kandy trip tool .

You can fly from Colombo to Kandy in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Ella Rock
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Ceylon Tea Museum ©
Ceylon Tea Museum
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

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 25th (Wed), look for gifts at Mlesna Tea Castle.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Nuwara Eliya trip maker .

Drive from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya in 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Uda Walawe National Park.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Mlesna Tea Castle, Kirigalpoththa Hike
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Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Kirigalpoththa Hike ©
Kirigalpoththa Hike
Mlesna Tea Castle ©
Mlesna Tea Castle

1
day
Udawalawe National Park

Udawalawe National Park ©
One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Uda Walawe National Park online day trip planner .

You can drive from Nuwara Eliya to Uda Walawe National Park in 4.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Uda Walawe National Park are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Bentota.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Udawalawe National Park ©
Udawalawe National Park

3
nights
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
You've now added Mirissa Beach to your itinerary. Bring the kids along to Ahungalla Beach and Hikkaduwa Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center and Ayesha Gems and Jewellers. Change things up with a short trip to Nature & Wildlife Tours in Kalutara (about 56 minutes away). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bentota Beach, explore the activities along Bentota River, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Protection Association.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Bentota day trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Yala National Park to Bentota takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In December, daytime highs in Bentota are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bentota

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa Beach, Ahungalla Beach, Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center, Ayesha Gems and Jewellers, Mirissa Beach
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Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Spas

2
nights
Colombo

Colombo ©
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): take a memorable drive along Wicky Tours and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mount Lavinia Beach.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Colombo journey planning tool .

Traveling by train from Bentota to Colombo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Wicky Tours, Bellanwila Raja Maha Viharaya
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Wicky Tours ©
Wicky Tours
Mount Lavinia Beach ©
Mount Lavinia Beach
Bellanwila Raja Maha Viharaya ©
Bellanwila Raja Maha Viharaya

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