11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Colombo
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
2
Kandy
— 1 night
bus:  3​h
3
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
4
Polonnaruwa
— Few hours
bus:  3​h 30​min
5
Ella
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 30​min
6
Galle
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
End: Colombo

1
night
Colombo

Colombo ©
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): don't miss a visit to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, then browse the exhibits of Ganeshism Studio Gallery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, and finally walk around Galle Face Green.

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Mumbai, India to Colombo is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. Traveling from Mumbai in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Colombo, with lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara ©
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara

1
night
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 22nd (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, then steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and finally appreciate the history behind Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kandy route app .

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 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Sigiriya.

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
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 (Mon), make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, then don't miss a visit to Sigiriya, and then see the interesting displays at Sigiriya Museum. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and then identify plant and animal life at Dhilip De Alwis.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Sigiriya travel route planner .

You can drive from Kandy to Sigiriya in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Dhilip De Alwis
Highlights from your plan
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock
Dhilip De Alwis ©
Dhilip De Alwis

few
hours
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): admire the striking features of Polonnaruwa and then pause for some photo ops at Gal Vihara.

To see more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Polonnaruwa road trip app .

You can drive from Sigiriya to Polonnaruwa in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites
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Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa
Gal Vihara ©
Gal Vihara

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.
On the 26th (Thu), take in the dramatic natural features 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.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Ella online trip planner .

Getting from Polonnaruwa to Ella by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Ella

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

4
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Get out of town with these interesting Galle side-trips: Hikkaduwa (Hikkaduwa Beach, Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa, & more). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, look for gifts at Sooriya Weaving, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery.

To find traveler tips and tourist information, use the Galle trip itinerary planning site .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Ella to Galle in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Galle, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Galle

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hikkaduwa
Highlights from your plan
Sinharaja Forest Reserve ©
Sinharaja Forest Reserve
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach

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