13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + taxi:  16​h 15​min
1
Kandy
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Ella
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  3​h 15​min
4
Mirissa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Bentota
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: London

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and Udawattekele Sanctuary. Step out of Kandy to go to Embilmeegame and see Embilmeegama Tea Factory, which is approximately 34 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace of Kandy, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Kandy tour planner.

London, UK to Kandy is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and train. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from London to Kandy due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Embilmeegama Tea Factory
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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

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.
On the 23rd (Sat), Head underground at The Golden Temple and then make a trip to Sigiriya World Heritage Site. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Minneriya National Park.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Sigiriya vacation builder.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Sigiriya takes 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Minneriya National Park, Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya 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 25th (Mon): snap pictures at Demodara Nine Arch Bridge and then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak. On the 26th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Ella vacation trip planner.

You can drive from Sigiriya to Ella in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Haputale
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

2
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
On the 28th (Thu), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirissa Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Unawatuna Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Jungle Beach, and then stop by White Boat.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Mirissa trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Ella to Mirissa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can go by car to Bentota.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Unawatuna
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle Protection Association, look for all kinds of wild species at Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project, and then kick back and relax at Hikkaduwa Beach.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Bentota online itinerary creator.

Traveling by car from Mirissa to Bentota takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in December, and nighttime lows around 27°C. On the 31st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bentota

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa Beach, Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Sea Turtle Protection Association ©
Sea Turtle Protection Association

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