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: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, don't miss a visit to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, take an in-depth tour of The Bandaranaike Museum, and explore the galleries of Ganeshism Studio Gallery.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Colombo holiday builder site .

Chennai, India to Colombo is an approximately 5-hour flight. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. 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): explore the activities along Kandy Lake, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: go all around town with City Tours and then don't miss a visit to Kandy view point.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kandy trip builder website .

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 Outdoors Tours

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): make a trip to Sigiriya, then don't miss a visit to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Dambulla trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kandy to Dambulla takes 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to 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

You'll find plenty of places to visit near Unawatuna: Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching), Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa) and Bentota Beach (in Bentota).

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Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Dambulla to Unawatuna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. December in Unawatuna sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Ella.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

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 1st (Wed), take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, then explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, and then snap pictures at Demodara Nine Arch Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden, take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, then view the masterpieces at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Bandarawela.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Ella trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Unawatuna to Ella takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Wrap up 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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