17 days in Singapore & Sri Lanka Itinerary

17 days in Singapore & Sri Lanka Itinerary

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17 days in Singapore & Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Brisbane, Australia
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Singapore, Singapore
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
2
Colombo, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h
3
Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h
4
Galle, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
5
Unawatuna, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h
6
Dambulla, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Brisbane, Australia

3
nights
Singapore, Singapore

Singapore ©
A Singapore vacation reveals the many charms of a leading city-state and regional hub of culture, retail, and tourism.
Change things up with a short trip to Universal Studios Singapore in Sentosa Island (about 32 minutes away). There's lots more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Singapore Zoo, see the interesting displays at Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Fort Siloso Skywalk, and admire the natural beauty at Singapore Botanic Gardens.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Singapore tour itinerary planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Singapore is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) to Singapore Time is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Brisbane in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Singapore: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Singapore

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Sentosa Island
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Universal Studios Singapore ©
Universal Studios Singapore
Singapore Zoo ©
Singapore Zoo
Jurong Bird Park ©
Jurong Bird Park

2
nights
Colombo, Sri Lanka

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 12th (Tue): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, and then stroll around Galle Face Green. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Wed): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find maps and tourist information, you can read our Colombo online itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Singapore to Colombo takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Singapore to Colombo due to the time zone difference. May in Colombo sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Safaris
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Kandy, Sri Lanka

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 (Thu): explore the activities along Kandy Lake, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then make a trip to Galmaduwa temple kandy.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kandy vacation site .

You can fly from Colombo to Kandy in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Galle, Sri Lanka

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Galle National Museum and then delve into the lush surroundings at Sinharaja Forest Reserve. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle Farm, then kick back and relax at Hikkaduwa Beach, and then contemplate the long history of Galle Fort.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Galle trip builder site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Galle in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in May, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Galle

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Hikkaduwa Beach
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Sinharaja Forest Reserve ©
Sinharaja Forest Reserve
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Sea Turtle Farm ©
Sea Turtle Farm

2
nights
Unawatuna, Sri Lanka

Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirissa Beach. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, don't miss a visit to Japanese Peace Pagoda, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Jungle Beach, and finally stop by Lak Gems & Jewellery.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Unawatuna vacation maker .

Unawatuna is very close to Galle. In May, daily temperatures in Unawatuna can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Mirissa, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Scuba & Snorkeling
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

3
nights
Dambulla, Sri Lanka

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Explore Dambulla's surroundings by going to Euphoria Spice and Herbal (in Matale), Sigiriya (Pidurangala Rock & Pethikada) and Habarana (Dhilip De Alwis, Minneriya National Park, & more). There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Golden Temple of Dambulla.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Dambulla day trip planning site .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Unawatuna to Dambulla in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dambulla

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Habarana, Euphoria Spice and Herbal
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

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