11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Colombo
Fly + Taxi:  2​h 15​min
1
Sigiriya
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
2
Dambulla
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Ella
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2​h 15​min
5
Unawatuna
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
End: Colombo

1
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, don't miss a visit to Sigiriya, and then examine the collection at Sigiriya Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and then contemplate the long history of kaludiya Pokuna.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Sigiriya travel route builder app .

Colombo to Sigiriya is an approximately 2.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Dambulla.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock
Sigiriya Museum ©
Sigiriya Museum

2
nights
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): stroll through Golden Temple of Dambulla, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then browse the fresh offerings at Dambulla Dedicated Economic Centre. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Highland Spice Garden, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dambulla Cave Temple, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Popham's Arboretum.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Dambulla vacation planner .

Dambulla is very close to Sigiriya. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Dambulla Cave Temple, Highland Spice Garden
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Dambulla Cave Temple ©
Dambulla Cave Temple
Popham's Arboretum ©
Popham's Arboretum

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 25th (Wed): explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then appreciate the history behind Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Udawattekele Sanctuary, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asgiriya Maha Viharaya, stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and finally make a trip to Kandy view point.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kandy travel route planning tool .

Drive from Dambulla to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

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 27th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, take in the views from Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak. Here are some ideas for day two: pick up some new kitchen skills with Honey Bee Garden, admire the natural beauty at Ella Spice Garden, then take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, and finally take in the exciting artwork at R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Ella online tour planner .

You can drive from Kandy to Ella in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arch Bridge ©
Nine Arch Bridge
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

2
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
On the 29th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, take in the exciting artwork at Pilgrims Lounge Chrishtopher Handicraft and Paint Gallery, then make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda, then enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, and finally stop by Lak Gems & Jewellery. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Unawatuna trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Ella to Unawatuna in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Unawatuna can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can take a train back home.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Galle, Mirissa
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Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach

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