11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Chennai
Fly:  5​h
1
Colombo
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h
2
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Dambulla
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  2​h
4
Unawatuna
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
5
Ella
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Chennai

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.
Colombo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, make a trip to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, stroll around Galle Face Green, and look for gifts at Salie's Fine Jewelry & Gem Stones.

Plan trip to Colombo with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Chennai, India to Colombo is an approximately 5-hour flight. In December in Colombo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

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 26th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally identify plant and animal life at Royal Botanical Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then make a trip to Kandy view point.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kandy online journey planner .

Getting from Colombo to Kandy by flight takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

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

1
night
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, don't miss a visit to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla.

To see maps and more tourist information, use the Dambulla online day trip planner .

Drive from Kandy to Dambulla in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Sigiriya
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs ©
Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs

3
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Get out of town with these interesting Unawatuna side-trips: Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching), Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa) and Bentota Beach (in Bentota).

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Unawatuna trip site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Dambulla to Unawatuna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Unawatuna can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Ella.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Mirissa, Hikkaduwa Beach, Galle Fort, Bentota Beach, Nandana Tea Factory
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Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, and then make a trip to Demodara Nine Arch Bridge. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden, then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, then learn more about the world around you at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Bandarawela.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Ella holiday planner.

Getting from Unawatuna to Ella by combination of flight and taxi takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ella

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

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