11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Colombo
— 3 nights
2
Kandy
— 2 nights
3
Pinnawala
— 2 nights
4
Negombo
— 3 nights

3
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Negombo Beach and Mount Lavinia Beach. Head to Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct and Stone 'N' Stringfor plenty of shopping. Explore Colombo's surroundings by going to Angurukaramulla Temple (in Negombo) and Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa (in Hikkaduwa). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum, walk around Viharamahadevi Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, and ponder the world of politics at Colombo Municipal Council.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Colombo trip itinerary builder site.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Colombo is an approximately 9-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to India Standard Time (IST) is 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in November, and nighttime lows around 28°C. On the 2nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Negombo, Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa ©
Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa
Mount Lavinia Beach ©
Mount Lavinia Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): stroll through Royal Botanical Gardens. On the next day, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Udawattekele Sanctuary.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Kandy visit planner.

Getting from Colombo to Kandy by combination of taxi and train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Pinnawala.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake
Udawattekele Sanctuary ©
Udawattekele Sanctuary

2
nights
Pinnawala

Pinnawala ©
The main attraction in Pinnawala is undoubtedly its elephant orphanage.
On the 4th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and then look for gifts at Luv SL. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Pinnawala Jumbos, then stroll through Millennium Elephant Foundation, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Susantha Spice and Herbal Garden.

To find photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Pinnawala trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Kandy to Pinnawala in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. December in Pinnawala sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Negombo.

Things to do in Pinnawala

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Kegalle, Susantha Spice and Herbal Garden
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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Millennium Elephant Foundation ©
Millennium Elephant Foundation
Pinnawala Jumbos ©
Pinnawala Jumbos

3
nights
Negombo

Located close to the international airport, Negombo has a reputation for being either the first or last taste of the country for visitors.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Dutch Fort and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Negombo Fish Market. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Dutch Canal, stroll through Muthurajawela Marsh, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Anne's Church, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Church.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Negombo route planner.

Traveling by car from Pinnawala to Negombo takes 2 hours. In December in Negombo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. You will leave for home on the 9th (Sun).

Things to do in Negombo

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Scuba & Snorkeling
Dutch Canal ©
Dutch Canal

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