13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Colombo
1
Colombo
— 1 day
Drive:  3 h 45 min
2
Kalpitiya
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Habarana
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Nuwara Eliya
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
Yala National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  10 h 15 min
8
Hikkaduwa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
End: Colombo

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day
Colombo

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): take an exotic tour of a safari tour, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, and then stroll around Galle Face Green.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Colombo online tour planner.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Colombo. In August, daily temperatures in Colombo can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Kalpitiya.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Safaris
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

1
night
Kalpitiya

Kalpitiya ©
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruwala Nature & Adventure Park, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Kudawa Beach, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Church, Kalpitiya.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kalpitiya trip planner.

Getting from Colombo to Kalpitiya by car takes about 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Kalpitiya

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
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Dutch Church, Kalpitiya ©
Dutch Church, Kalpitiya

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Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura ©
Explore the well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sri Lankan civilization and its former capital at Anuradhapura, a World Heritage Site and erstwhile center of Theravada Buddhism set amidst peaceful green parks.
On the 12th (Wed), admire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Mihintale, and then don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Anuradhapura day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Kalpitiya to Anuradhapura takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Habarana.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites
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Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba

2
nights
Habarana

Habarana ©
Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
On the 13th (Thu), look for gifts at Karu Arts & Crafts, thenmake a trip to Dambulla Cave Temple, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, thenexplore the ancient world of Sigiriya, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Habarana holiday maker app.

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Habarana in 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Habarana

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Karu Arts & Crafts, Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, make a trip to Kandy view point, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and finally get a tailor-made plan with Private Tours. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Udawattekele Sanctuary, don't miss a visit to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and then stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kandy online vacation planner.

You can drive from Habarana to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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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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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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Hakgala Botanic Gardens, thenexplore the striking landscape of Horton Plains National Park, and then explore the activities along Kande-ela Reservoir. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sita Temple, thenget to know the fascinating history of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country, and then explore the activities along Gregory Lake.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Nuwara Eliya trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to drive to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Gregory Lake ©
Gregory Lake
Hakgala Botanic Gardens ©
Hakgala Botanic Gardens

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nights
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 19th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiri Vehera and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Yala National Park road trip planning site.

You can drive from Nuwara Eliya to Yala National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight. In August in Yala National Park, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. On the 20th (Thu), you're off to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kiri Vehera
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Kiri Vehera ©
Kiri Vehera

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nights
Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa ©
One of the most scenic beach resorts in Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa features a number of long white sand beaches with palm trees and gentle waves.
Sadee tours has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Hikkaduwa Beach, catch a ride with Sadee tours, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Naga Viharaya, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, thencontemplate the long history of Galle Fort, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Unawatuna Devol Devalaya.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Hikkaduwa travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Yala National Park to Hikkaduwa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and train. August in Hikkaduwa sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Galle Fort
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Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

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