12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Galle
— 2 nights
2
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
3
Yala National Park
— 1 night
4
Ella
— 2 nights
5
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
6
Kandy
— 3 nights

2
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Change things up with these side-trips from Galle: Mirissa (Dolphin & Whale Watching, Mirissa Beach, &more). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, stop by Koccoriko, and stroll through Jungle Beach.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Galle travel route builder.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Galle is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Ho Chi Minh City to Galle is minus 1.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Galle can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Mirissa, Unawatuna, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery
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Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Udawalawe National Park online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Galle to Udawalawe National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in February, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Nature · Parks · Wildlife
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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 13th (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park.

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Traveling by car from Udawalawe National Park to Yala National Park takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in February, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Nature · Parks
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park

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 14th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, and finally stop by I Love Ceylon Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden, don't miss a visit to Nine Arches Bridge, then admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, and finally indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour.

To find ratings and other tourist information, you can read our Ella online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Yala National Park to Ella in 2 hours. Another option is to fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Ella

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

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 16th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, and then stroll through Dhilip De Alwis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at Pethikada, see the sights as you ascend with Sri Lanka Tour by Asanka, then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sath Paththini Devalaya.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Sigiriya trip builder tool.

You can drive from Ella to Sigiriya in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Dambulla, Dhilip De Alwis
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): stroll through Knuckles Forest Reserve, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then examine the collection at Raja Museum, and finally explore the activities along Kandy Lake. On your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, stroll through Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, and then make a trip to Degaldoruwa Temple.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Kandy trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Kandy takes 3 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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