11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta)
Fly + Taxi:  12​h 30​min
1
Dambulla
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Kandy
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  1​h 15​min
3
Mirissa
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  3​h 30​min
4
Polonnaruwa
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Kolkata (Calcutta)

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Polonnaruwa as well as Dambulla Cave Temple. When in Dambulla, make a side trip to see Minneriya National Park in Habarana, approximately 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla, see the interesting displays at Sigiriya Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Dhilip De Alwis, and explore the ancient world of Sigiriya.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Dambulla visit planning tool .

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Dambulla is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of flight and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Habarana, Polonnaruwa, Minneriya National Park
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

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.
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kandy trip builder tool .

Drive from Dambulla to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

2
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Mirissa Beach and Jungle Beach. Explore Mirissa's surroundings by going to Galle Fort (in Galle), Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa) and Bentota Beach (in Bentota). Next up on the itinerary: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and stop by LAZY.RIDE.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Mirissa route planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Mirissa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. December in Mirissa sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Galle Fort, Bentota Beach, Jungle Beach, Hikkaduwa Beach
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach

3
nights
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
You've now added Medirigiriya Vatadage to your itinerary. On the 29th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Medirigiriya Vatadage. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the history behind Gal Vihara and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Passikudah Beach.

Make your Polonnaruwa itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Mirissa to Polonnaruwa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Passikudah Beach
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Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa
Passikudah Beach ©
Passikudah Beach
Gal Vihara ©
Gal Vihara

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