11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: London
+2
Fly + taxi + train:  16​h 30​min
Galle
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Ella
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Habarana
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Kandy
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h
Colombo
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  14​h
End: London

1
night
Galle

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): kick back and relax at Unawatuna Beach, stop by Embark, and then steep yourself in history at Galle Fort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Shoba, then look for gifts at Vyanni, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Turtle Hatchery, and finally get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Galle online trip maker .

London, UK to Galle is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Traveling from London to Galle, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in September, things will get much hotter in Galle: highs are around 36°C and lows about 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Galle

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trips

Unawatuna Beach, Sea Turtle Hatchery, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Unawatuna Beach ©
Unawatuna Beach

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 4th (Wed), make a trip to Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Ella trip planner .

Drive from Galle to Ella in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to Habarana.

Things to do in Ella

#Parks, #Nature
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

2
nights
Habarana

Habarana
Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): make a trip to Sigiriya World Heritage Site, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Golden Cave Temple, and then explore the fascinating underground world of The Golden Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Minneriya National Park.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Habarana trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Ella to Habarana takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Habarana

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Dambulla, Sigiriya World Heritage Site
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Sigiriya World Heritage Site
Sigiriya World Heritage Site
The Golden Temple ©
The Golden Temple
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, then explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace of Kandy, and finally steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Udawattekele Sanctuary and then take a peaceful walk through Udawatta Kele Sanctuary.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kandy day trip planning website .

Getting from Habarana to Kandy by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Kandy

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Udawattekele Sanctuary ©
Udawattekele Sanctuary

3
nights
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 9th (Mon): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, stop by DIANA Souvenirs, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Negombo Beach. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, then ponder the world of politics at Old Parliament Building, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Viharamahadevi Park.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Colombo visit planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Colombo in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Negombo
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Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara ©
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara

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