11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
Fly:  18​h
1
Sigiriya
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Ella
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Galle
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Colombo
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Lisbon

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): explore the fascinating underground world of The Golden Temple, then stop by Lanka Silks, then don't miss a visit to Sigiriya World Heritage Site, and finally browse for treasures at sigiri art gallery.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Sigiriya day trip planner.

Lisbon, Portugal to Sigiriya is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Lisbon to Sigiriya. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
sigiri art gallery ©
sigiri art gallery

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and then steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, then pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, and then identify plant and animal life at Udawattekele Sanctuary.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kandy holiday maker site .

You can drive from Sigiriya to Kandy in 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car to Ella.

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
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 30th (Sun), snap pictures at Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, then explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Kinellan Tea Factory and then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Ella travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Ella takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Ella

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

2
nights
Galle

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Jungle Beach, then look for gifts at Embark, and then steep yourself in history at Galle Fort.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Galle sightseeing planner.

Getting from Ella to Galle by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can drive to Colombo.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mirissa, Jungle Beach
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): stroll through Galle Face Green, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, appreciate the history behind Independence Memorial Hall, then wander the streets of Independence Square, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Viharamahadevi Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Negombo Beach, don't miss a visit to Dutch Fort, and then don't miss a visit to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Colombo day trip planning website .

You can drive from Galle to Colombo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Colombo are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Negombo
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

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