13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Warsaw
Fly + Taxi:  15 h 30 min
1
Ella
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
2
Yala National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  1 h 45 min
3
Sigiriya
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 45 min
4
Galle
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h
5
Kandy
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h
6
Colombo
— 3 nights
Fly:  12 h
End: Warsaw

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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Wed): take in the views from Nine Arch Bridge, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, then learn the tricks of the trade with Honey Bee Garden, and finally learn more about the world around you at R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Ella trip planning tool .

Warsaw, Poland to Ella is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Warsaw to Ella. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arch Bridge ©
Nine Arch Bridge
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Yala National Park tour site .

Explore your travel options from Ella to Yala National Park with the Route module. In February, daytime highs in Yala National Park are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Nature Parks
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park

1
night
Sigiriya

Sigiriya ©
The historic rock of the same name dominates the landscape of World Heritage-listed Sigiriya, where the steep and striking lava plug contains the ruins of an ancient empire.
On the 14th (Fri), stroll through Dhilip De Alwis, make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, and then don't miss a visit to Sigiriya.

To see traveler tips, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, read Sigiriya trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Yala National Park to Sigiriya takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Dhilip De Alwis
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock
Dhilip De Alwis ©
Dhilip De Alwis

2
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, and then contemplate the long history of Galle Fort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Hikkaduwa Beach, then look for gifts at Lak Gems & Jewellery, and then kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach.

To find other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, read Galle trip builder.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Sigiriya to Galle in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa Beach, Mirissa Beach
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Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach

3
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kandy: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Euphoria Spice and Herbal (in Matale). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, tour the pleasant surroundings at Knuckles Forest Reserve, explore and take pictures at Royal Botanical Gardens, and look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kandy tour planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Galle to Kandy in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Euphoria Spice and Herbal, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

3
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Bentota Beach in Bentota (about 1h 15 min away). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, stroll around Galle Face Green, pause for some photo ops at Independence Memorial Hall, and see Multi-day Tours.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Colombo trip planner.

You can fly from Kandy to Colombo in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. In February, daily temperatures in Colombo can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Bentota Beach
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
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