11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Visakhapatnam
Fly:  6 h 45 min
1
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Kandy
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h 15 min
3
Unawatuna
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Bentota
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 30 min
5
Colombo
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
End: Visakhapatnam

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.
Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, look for gifts at Karu Arts & Crafts, and then pick up some local products at Dambulla Dedicated Economic Centre.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Sigiriya journey maker tool .

Visakhapatnam, India to Sigiriya is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Dambulla, Arankelle Ancient Monastery, Karu Arts & Crafts
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Karu Arts & Crafts ©
Karu Arts & Crafts

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 9th (Thu): examine the collection at Ceylon Tea Museum, then explore the activities along Kandy Lake, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally see the interesting displays at World Buddhist Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Sriya & Daya Curio Shop, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, take an in-depth tour of Raja Museum, look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Asgiriya Maha Viharaya, and finally examine the collection at Kandy Brasswear Village.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Kandy road trip tool .

Getting from Sigiriya to Kandy by car takes about 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Kandy

Museums Parks 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

3
nights
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Jungle Beach and Hikkaduwa Beach. Let the collections at Tsunami Photo Museum and Saffron Robes capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting Unawatuna side-trips: Mirissa (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Mirissa Beach) and Community Tsunami Museum (in Hikkaduwa).

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Unawatuna trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Unawatuna takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Unawatuna can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Bentota.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Mirissa, Galle Fort, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa, Tsunami Photo Museum
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Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
On the 14th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Bentota Beach, admire the masterpieces at Ranjiths Carving and Batik Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Sri Vijayarama Viharaya.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Bentota online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Unawatuna to Bentota by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In January, daytime highs in Bentota are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Colombo.

Things to do in Bentota

Museums Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Sri Vijayarama Viharaya, Ranjiths Carving and Batik Museum
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Sri Vijayarama Viharaya ©
Sri Vijayarama Viharaya
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of The Bandaranaike Museum, browse the exhibits of Ganeshism Studio Gallery, then take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, and finally stop by Urban Island. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at The Galleries of Sapumal Foundation, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Borella All Saints Church.

To find maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Colombo itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Bentota to Colombo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. January in Colombo sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Museums Outdoors Tours
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Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Safaris

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