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:  6​h 30​min
1
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Kandy
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h
3
Unawatuna
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
4
Ella
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Chennai

2
nights
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, then view the masterpieces at Pethikada, and then stroll through Golden Temple of Dambulla.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Sigiriya trip itinerary maker .

Chennai, India to Sigiriya is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Golden Temple of Dambulla, Minneriya National Park
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

3
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kandy: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Dawson Tower (in Kadugannawa). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, and stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery.

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kandy day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Kandy takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dawson Tower, Royal Botanical Gardens, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:
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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

3
nights
Unawatuna

Change things up with these side-trips from Unawatuna: Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching), Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa) and Bentota Beach (in Bentota).

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Unawatuna trip itinerary planning tool .

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

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Galle, Mirissa, Bentota Beach, Hikkaduwa Beach
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 31:
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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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, and then snap pictures at Demodara Nine Arch Bridge. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty 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 take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Bandarawela.

For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Ella holiday app .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Unawatuna to Ella in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:
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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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