12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Galle
— 1 night
2
Hikkaduwa
— 2 nights
3
Mirissa
— 1 night
4
Unawatuna
— 2 nights
5
Yala National Park
— 1 night
6
Ella
— 1 night
7
Colombo
— 1 night
8
Kandy
— 2 nights

1
night
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
On the 4th (Tue), stroll through Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara, thensteep yourself in history at Galle Fort, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Dalawella Beach.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Galle trip itinerary site.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Galle is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1.5 hours traveling from Dubai to Galle. In February, Galle is a bit warmer than Dubai - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Galle

Parks Historic Sites Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara ©
Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara
Dalawella Beach ©
Dalawella Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): stroll through Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center, thenkick back and relax at Ahungalla Beach, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Bentota Beach, and finally stroll through Sea Turtle Protection Association. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Narigama Beach, stroll through Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa, thentake in the exciting artwork at Saffron Robes, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Hikkaduwa Beach.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Hikkaduwa travel route planner.

You can drive from Galle to Hikkaduwa in an hour. In February, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to Mirissa.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Bentota, Ahungalla Beach, Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center
Highlights from your plan
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa ©
Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa

1
night
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, thenget up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Mirissa route planning website.

Drive from Hikkaduwa to Mirissa in 1.5 hours. February in Mirissa sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Spas

2
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): kick back and relax at Mihiripenna Beach, thendiscover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Unawatuna Beach. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Unawatuna Devol Devalaya, enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, thensee majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally look for gifts at Lak Gems & Jewellery.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Unawatuna trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mirissa to Unawatuna takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Unawatuna can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to drive to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
Yala National Park

Yala National Park ©
One of the most popular national parks in the country, Yala National Park boasts a wide variety of animals, and does important work in conserving and growing populations.
On the 10th (Mon), explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Yala National Park road trip planning site.

Drive from Unawatuna to Yala National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and taxi. In February in Yala National Park, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park

1
night
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 11th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, thentake in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, and then stop by R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Ella trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Yala National Park to Ella takes 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Colombo.

Things to do in Ella

Nature Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

1
night
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 12th (Wed): take an exotic tour of a safari tour, thenwalk around Galle Face Green, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Colombo trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Ella to Colombo by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Colombo can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hanthana Mountain Range, thendon't miss a visit to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and then explore the activities along Kandy Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Hanthana Mountain Range and then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kandy trip itinerary planning app.

You can do a combination of taxi and train from Colombo to Kandy in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake
Hanthana Mountain Range ©
Hanthana Mountain Range

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