13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
Fly:  10 h 30 min
1
Sigiriya
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Nuwara Eliya
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Arugam Bay
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  3 h
5
Colombo
— 1 night
Fly:  16 h 15 min
End: Lisbon

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.
Sigiriya is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Sigiriya.

For maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Sigiriya driving holiday planner.

Lisbon, Portugal to Sigiriya is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Western European Time (WET) to India Standard Time (IST) is 5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kandy attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Kandy takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Highlights from your plan
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sita Temple, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Horton Plains National Park, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kande-ela Reservoir. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Thu): explore the activities along Gregory Lake, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country, and then play a few rounds at Nuwara Eliya Golf Course.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Nuwara Eliya trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya takes 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can go by car to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Sita Temple ©
Sita Temple
Gregory Lake ©
Gregory Lake

4
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kudumbigala Monastery and Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil. Escape the urban bustle at Arugam Bay and Kumana National Park. Step out of Arugam Bay with an excursion to Gal Oya National Park - The Crossing in Ampara--about 1h 35 min away.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Arugam Bay road trip app .

Traveling by car from Nuwara Eliya to Arugam Bay takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Ampara
Highlights from your plan
Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka ©
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka
Spas

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 16th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Colombo National Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, and then stroll around Galle Face Green.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Colombo tour planning tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Arugam Bay to Colombo in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. In June, daytime highs in Colombo are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Colombo

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Borella All Saints Church ©
Borella All Saints Church

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