12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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1
Colombo
— 1 day
Drive
2
Kandy
— Few hours
Bus to Matara Bus Station, Taxi to Weligama
3
Weligama
— 1 night
Fly to Hatton, Taxi to Nuwara Eliya
4
Nuwara Eliya
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Badulla
— 3 nights
Drive
6
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive
7
Jaffna
— 3 nights

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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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Negombo Beach and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Colombo trip itinerary planning website.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Colombo. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 24 — 25:

few
hours
Kandy

Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kandy trip planner.

You can drive from Colombo to Kandy in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a train; or drive. You will leave for Weligama on the 25th (Sun).

Things to do in Kandy

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 26:

1
night
Weligama

Weligama is a town on the south coast of Sri Lanka, located in Matara District, Southern Province, Sri Lanka, governed by an Urban Council. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): stroll through Mirissa Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Jungle Beach and then look for gifts at Made In Ceylon.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Weligama online sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Kandy to Weligama in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. October in Weligama sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Weligama

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 25 — 27:

2
nights
Nuwara Eliya

Little England

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 28th (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Gregory Lake, then walk around Victoria Park of Nuwara Eliya, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Franciscan Sister's Jam Room, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kande-ela Reservoir, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Horton Plains National Park, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Nuwara Eliya trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Weligama to Nuwara Eliya by combination of flight and taxi takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Badulla.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 27 — 29:

3
nights
Badulla

Badulla is the main city of Uva Province situated in the lower central hills of Sri Lanka. Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Dhowa Rock Temple, take in the dramatic scenery at Dunhinda Falls, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Muthiyangana Raja Maha Viharaya. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mark’s Church and then take in the views from Bogoda Wooden Bridge.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Badulla road trip tool.

You can drive from Nuwara Eliya to Badulla in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Badulla

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 29 — Nov 1:

1
night
Kandy

Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, make a trip to Kandy view point, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Galmaduwa temple kandy, then look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kandy day trip planning tool.

Drive from Badulla to Kandy in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can drive to Jaffna.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 1 — 2:

3
nights
Jaffna

A center of Tamil culture, the city of Jaffna remains in the process of rebuilding after suffering greatly during the civil war.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): don't miss a visit to Keerimalai Hot springs, pause for some photo ops at Maruthanamadam Anjaneyar Temple, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kayts Causeway, and finally steep yourself in history at Jaffna Fort. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Jaffna Archaeological Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nallur Kovil, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Jaffna Market.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Jaffna trip maker site.

You can drive from Kandy to Jaffna in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and train.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites · Trails · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 2 — 5:

Sri Lanka travel guide

4.1
Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Nature & Parks
India's Teardrop
Shaped like a teardrop and located just below the southern tip of India, lush Sri Lanka boasts some of the greatest biodiversity in the world. Unless you time your Sri Lanka holiday for monsoon season, you can expect bright blue skies and plenty of sunshine, perfect for exploring tropical forests, historic temples, colonial forts, and many other buildings dating back to Dutch rule. Popular things to do in Sri Lanka include swimming, sailing, and surfing, though a growing number of visitors come here just to eat their way around the country. Greatly influenced by nearby India, the national cuisine also features many elements of European cooking--a result of the Dutch and Portuguese colonial years. Of course, a trip to Sri Lanka would not be complete without a cup of its world-famous Ceylon tea.

Matara travel guide

4.2
Surfing, Windsurfing & Kitesurfing · Beaches · Spas
Mathota
A commercial capital in the south, Matara offers a real taste of Sri Lanka, which the southern coast's beach resorts often lack. Busy, modernizing, and with a youthful feel boosted by a community of university students, the town makes few direct concessions to tourism--part of its appeal to many international visitors. Colonial-era churches and fortifications provide the main historic attractions of Matara, but it's the lively urban bustle and the authentic Sri Lankan cuisine found on the streets that make Matara memorable.