11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Hambantota
Drive:  3 h
1
Badulla
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Mahiyanganaya
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Kandy
— 4 nights
Fly:  1 h
4
Colombo
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
5
Bentota
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Unawatuna
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
End: Hambantota

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Badulla

Badulla ©
Badulla is the main city of Uva Province situated in the lower central hills of Sri Lanka. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Dhowa Rock Temple and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Muthiyangana Raja Maha Viharaya.

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Hambantota to Badulla is an approximately 3-hour car ride. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Mahiyanganaya.

Things to do in Badulla

Historic Sites
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Muthiyangana Raja Maha Viharaya ©
Muthiyangana Raja Maha Viharaya
Dhowa Rock Temple ©
Dhowa Rock Temple

1
night
Mahiyanganaya

Mahiyanganaya ©
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Mapakada Lake and then delve into the distant past at Nagadeepa Temple.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Mahiyanganaya trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Badulla to Mahiyanganaya takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Mahiyanganaya

Wildlife Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Mapakada Lake ©
Mapakada Lake

4
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.
Sigiriya and Jayamali Batiks Studio are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Shop till you drop at Sriya & Daya Curio Shop and Pethikada. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kandy: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Dambulla (Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs & Golden Temple of Dambulla). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and get curious at Natural Gems and Gemmological Museum.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kandy trip planner .

Drive from Mahiyanganaya to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Dambulla, Sigiriya, Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Highlights from your plan
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla

2
nights
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 11th (Sat): explore the galleries of Ganeshism Studio Gallery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, then stop by Salie's Fine Jewelry & Gem Stones, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Negombo Beach. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Borella All Saints Church, then hunt for treasures at Pettah, then browse the different shops at Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct, and finally stroll around Galle Face Green.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Colombo trip planner.

Fly from Kandy to Colombo in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. In January in Colombo, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Bentota.

Things to do in Colombo

Shopping Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Negombo Beach
Highlights from your plan
Pettah ©
Pettah
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach

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night
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): look for gifts at Gem Bank Gems & Jewellery, stroll through Bentota Beach, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kowilawatta Temple.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Bentota online holiday planner .

Getting from Colombo to Bentota by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In January in Bentota, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Bentota

Shopping Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Gem Bank Gems & Jewellery, Kowilawatta Temple
Highlights from your plan
Gem Bank Gems & Jewellery ©
Gem Bank Gems & Jewellery
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Kowilawatta Temple ©
Kowilawatta Temple

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Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Palm-fringed beaches with golden sand, turquoise water, and a colorful coral reef are enough to draw any beachgoer to Unawatuna, but there's plenty to do off the beach here as well.
On the 14th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, take in the exciting artwork at EXOTIC ROOTS, then enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, and finally stop by Lak Gems & Jewellery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Hikkaduwa Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at Saffron Robes, and finally kick back and relax at Mihiripenna Beach.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Unawatuna trip planner .

Traveling by car from Bentota to Unawatuna takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Galle
Highlights from your plan
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach

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