13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Colombo
Taxi + Train:  1 h
1
Kandy
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h
2
Galle
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Yala National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 15 min
4
Arugam Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Ella
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 30 min
7
Dambulla
— 2 nights
Taxi + Train:  1 h 45 min
End: Colombo

2
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Pinnawala (Pinnawala Handicrafts Emporium & Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, tour the pleasant surroundings at Knuckles Forest Reserve, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and make a trip to Kandy view point.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kandy online travel route planner.

Colombo to Kandy is an approximately 1.5-hour combination of taxi and train. You can also take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

3
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: Bentota Beach (in Bentota) and Mirissa (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Mirissa Beach). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery, and look for gifts at Made In Ceylon.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Galle trip planner.

Fly from Kandy to Galle in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Mirissa, Bentota Beach, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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 2nd (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Yala National Park online trip maker.

Getting from Galle to Yala National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of train and taxi. In September in Yala National Park, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Nature Parks
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park

2
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): enjoy the sea views from Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, contemplate the waterfront views at Arugam Bay, thenrelax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Pottuvil Lagoon. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Muhudu Maha Vihara, delve into the distant past at Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kudumbigala Monastery.

To find ratings and more tourist information, you can read our Arugam Bay trip builder tool.

Getting from Yala National Park to Arugam Bay by car takes about 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Pottuvil Lagoon ©
Pottuvil Lagoon
Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): look for gifts at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, thendon't miss a visit to Nine Arches Bridge, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden.

To see maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Ella trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Arugam Bay to Ella in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge

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 6th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Udawalawe National Park.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Udawalawe National Park trip planning app.

You can drive from Ella to Udawalawe National Park in 2.5 hours. In September in Udawalawe National Park, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife
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2
nights
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
On the 7th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, thenexplore the ancient world of Sigiriya, and then stroll through Dhilip De Alwis. Keep things going the next day: see Off-Road Tours, thenexplore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, and then make a trip to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Dambulla road trip website.

Fly from Udawalawe National Park to Dambulla in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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