13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Medina
Fly + Taxi:  11 h
1
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 15 min
2
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Yala National Park
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  1 h 30 min
5
Kandy
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h
6
Galle
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  10 h 15 min
End: Medina

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sath Paththini Devalaya, then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, and then explore the ancient world of Sigiriya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed): don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock and then explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Sigiriya online tour planner.

Medina, Saudi Arabia to Sigiriya is an approximately 11- hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 2.5 hours traveling from Medina to Sigiriya due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dambulla, Minneriya National Park
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

1
night
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 4th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Transit Home (ETH) and then stroll through Udawalawe National Park.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Udawalawe National Park journey planning site.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Sigiriya to Udawalawe National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. June in Udawalawe National Park sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)

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 5th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden, then snap pictures at Nine Arches Bridge, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, and finally look for gifts at R. M. S Antique And Brassware. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya, then take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, and then explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Ella online tour planner.

You can drive from Udawalawe National Park to Ella in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can drive to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes

Side Trip

Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ravana Ella Falls ©
Ravana Ella Falls
Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Yala National Park vacation builder.

You can drive from Ella to Yala National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in June, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Parks Nature
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kandy: Pinnawala (Pinnawala Handicrafts Emporium & Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage) and Euphoria Spice and Herbal (in Matale). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Knuckles Forest Reserve.

To see maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kandy online trip itinerary builder.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Yala National Park to Kandy in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galle: Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa), Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa) and Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Parrot Rock Bridge). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, view the masterpieces at Saffron Robes, enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, and look for gifts at Made In Ceylon.

To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Galle travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Galle in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June in Galle, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Galle

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna, Mirissa, Nandana Tea Factory
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Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Made In Ceylon ©
Made In Ceylon

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