13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Colombo
1
Colombo
— 1 day
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Dambulla
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
3
Sigiriya
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Trincomalee
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Polonnaruwa
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  3​h 15​min
6
Uda Walawe National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Hambantota
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Ella
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
9
Nuwara Eliya
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
10
Kitulgala
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
11
Kandy
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
12
Mirissa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
13
Hikkaduwa
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
End: Colombo


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Colombo

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
On the 13th (Thu), take in the exciting artwork at Ganeshism Studio Gallery, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Lavinia Beach, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Colombo day trip planning app .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Colombo. June in Colombo sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mount Lavinia Beach ©
Mount Lavinia Beach
Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple ©
Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple

1
night
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 14th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Ederagala Wana Senasuna, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dambulla Cave Temple.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Dambulla online holiday maker .

Traveling by train from Colombo to Dambulla takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Dambulla Cave Temple
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Dambulla Cave Temple ©
Dambulla Cave Temple
Balloon Rides

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night
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.
On the 15th (Sat), pick up a one of a kind souvenir at sigiri art gallery, then see the interesting displays at Sigiriya Museum, and then don't miss a visit to Ancient City of Sigiriya.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Sigiriya planning website .

Sigiriya is just a stone's throw from Dambulla. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Ancient City of Sigiriya ©
Ancient City of Sigiriya
Sigiriya Museum ©
Sigiriya Museum
sigiri art gallery ©
sigiri art gallery

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night
Trincomalee

A center of Tamil culture and language, Trincomalee suffered greatly during the 30-year civil war, but the troubles haven't dimmed the natural and cultural charms of the place.
On the 16th (Sun), stroll the grounds of Trincomalee War Cemetery, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then enjoy the sand and surf at Nilaveli Beach, then delve into the distant past at Velgam Vehera, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Koneswaram Temple.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Trincomalee sightseeing planning website .

Drive from Sigiriya to Trincomalee in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Nilaveli
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple

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night
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): pause for some photo ops at Gal Vihara, admire the striking features of Polonnaruwa Archaeological Ruins, contemplate the long history of Lankathilaka Image House, steep yourself in history at Sathmahal Prasada, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gal Potha, and finally delve into the distant past at Polonnaruwa Vatadage.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Polonnaruwa travel route builder .

Getting from Trincomalee to Polonnaruwa by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Uda Walawe National Park.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites
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Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House
Polonnaruwa Archaeological Ruins ©
Polonnaruwa Archaeological Ruins
Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage

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night
Uda Walawe National Park

Uda Walawe 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 18th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Udawalawa Safari and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Transit Home (ETH).

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Uda Walawe National Park attractions planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Polonnaruwa to Uda Walawe National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, daily temperatures in Uda Walawe National Park can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Hambantota.

Things to do in Uda Walawe National Park

Wildlife Parks
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Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)
Udawalawa Safari ©
Udawalawa Safari

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hours
Hambantota

Hambantota
Hambantota is the main town in Hambantota District, Southern Province, Sri Lanka. To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Hambantota trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Uda Walawe National Park to Hambantota by car takes about 1.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. On the 18th (Tue), you'll travel to Ella.

Things to do in Hambantota

Parks Wildlife Nature
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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 19th (Wed), explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, then admire the natural beauty at Ella Spice Garden, and finally learn more about the world around you at R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Ella trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Hambantota to Ella in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Shopping
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Spice Garden ©
Ella Spice Garden
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

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night
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.
On the 20th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple, then take in the dramatic scenery at Devon Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at St Clair's Falls, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Nuwara Eliya online route planner .

Drive from Ella to Nuwara Eliya in 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kitulgala.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Devon Falls ©
Devon Falls
Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple ©
Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple
St Clair's Falls ©
St Clair's Falls

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night
Kitulgala

Kitulgala ©
Kitulgala is a small town in the west of Sri Lanka. Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): delve into the lush surroundings at Makandawa Forest Reserve and then explore the fascinating underground world of Belilena Cave.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kitulgala travel tool .

You can drive from Nuwara Eliya to Kitulgala in 2.5 hours. In June in Kitulgala, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Kitulgala

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Belilena Cave ©
Belilena Cave

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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 22nd (Sat): stroll the grounds of Commonwealth War Cemetery, identify plant and animal life at Udawattekele Sanctuary, see the interesting displays at World Buddhist Museum, then contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kandy trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Kitulgala to Kandy by car takes about 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Commonwealth War Cemetery ©
Commonwealth War Cemetery
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

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nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex, pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch Reformed Church, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then kick back and relax at Mihiripenna Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach.

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You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Mirissa in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. June in Mirissa sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Tours Beaches

Side Trips

Galle, Unawatuna
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Mihiripenna Beach ©
Mihiripenna Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Dutch Reformed Church ©
Dutch Reformed Church

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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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Farm, stroll through Narigama Beach, explore the galleries of Tsunami Photo Museum, then examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Hikkaduwa road trip tool .

You can drive from Mirissa to Hikkaduwa in 1.5 hours. June in Hikkaduwa sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Tsunami Photo Museum, Sea Turtle Farm
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Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Narigama Beach ©
Narigama Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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