12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  25​h
1
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Ella
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Galle
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Colombo
— 2 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Vancouver

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Sriya & Daya Curio Shop, don't miss a visit to Degaldoruwa Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Asgiriya Maha Viharaya, then stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sun): explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and then identify plant and animal life at Udawattekele Sanctuary.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kandy travel itinerary planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Kandy is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Vancouver to Kandy is 13 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

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
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

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 (Mon): delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Sigiriya. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, then stop by Karu Arts & Crafts, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, read Sigiriya online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Kandy to Sigiriya in 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Golden Temple of Dambulla, Karu Arts & Crafts
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Ancient City of Sigiriya ©
Ancient City of Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Karu Arts & Crafts ©
Karu Arts & Crafts

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 18th (Wed), snap pictures at Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, then look for gifts at Ella Gem & Jewelry, then take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, and finally take an in-depth tour of R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Ella tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Sigiriya to Ella in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Galle.

Things to do in Ella

Nature Parks Shopping
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ravana Ella Falls ©
Ravana Ella Falls
Ella Gem & Jewelry ©
Ella Gem & Jewelry

3
nights
Galle

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Get a sense of the local culture at Tsunami Photo Museum and Community Tsunami Museum. Visiting Dolphin & Whale Watching and Nature & Wildlife Tours will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, look for gifts at Lak Gems & Jewellery, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Galle day trip site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Ella to Galle in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in March, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Colombo.

Things to do in Galle

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Tsunami Photo Museum, Community Tsunami Museum
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
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 22nd (Sun): browse the eclectic array of goods at Pettah, browse the different shops at Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct, then stop by Salie's Fine Jewelery & Gem Stones, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple.

Plan my day in Colombo using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Galle to Colombo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Colombo are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. On the 23rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
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Pettah ©
Pettah
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Ganeshism Studio Gallery ©
Ganeshism Studio Gallery

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