13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Albany
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Colombo
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h
2
Kandy
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
3
Unawatuna
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
4
Ella
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Arugam Bay
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Sigiriya
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Albany

2
nights
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 8th (Tue): make a trip to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, take in the exciting artwork at Ganeshism Studio Gallery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, and finally walk around Galle Face Green. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum, appreciate the history behind Independence Memorial Hall, and then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Colombo online attractions planner .

Albany, Australia to Colombo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time to India Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. When traveling from Albany in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Colombo, with highs around 36°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

1
night
Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
On the 10th (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, then stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kandy trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Colombo to Kandy takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

2
nights
Unawatuna

Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then contemplate the long history of Galle Fort. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Bentota Beach, then look for gifts at Lak Gems & Jewellery, then stroll through Jungle Beach, and finally don't miss a visit to Japanese Peace Pagoda.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Unawatuna online tour planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Unawatuna takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Unawatuna sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ella.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Galle Fort, Bentota Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach

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.
On the 13th (Sun), take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, and then take in the views from Demodara Nine Arch Bridge.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Ella trip itinerary planner .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Unawatuna to Ella in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

2
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): stop by Rice & Carry Bags Shop, contemplate the waterfront views at Arugam Bay, then visit a coastal fixture at Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kudumbigala Monastery. On the next day, make a trip to Magul Maha Viharaya, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, make a trip to Muhudu Maha Vihara, then contemplate the waterfront views at Pottuvil Lagoon, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Arugam Bay tour itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Ella to Arugam Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Magul Maha Viharaya
Highlights from your plan
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Pottuvil Lagoon ©
Pottuvil Lagoon
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara

3
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sigiriya: Golden Temple of Dambulla (in Dambulla) and Polonnaruwa (Gal Vihara & Polonnaruwa). There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, look for all kinds of wild species at Dhilip De Alwis, don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Sigiriya trip planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Arugam Bay to Sigiriya in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa, Dambulla, Dhilip De Alwis, Minneriya National Park
Highlights from your plan
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

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