11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Mumbai
Fly:  5 h 30 min
1
Colombo
— 1 night
bus:  1 h
2
Kandy
— 1 night
bus:  3 h
3
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
bus:  1 h 30 min
4
Polonnaruwa
— Few hours
bus:  3 h 30 min
5
Ella
— 2 nights
Bus:  3 h 30 min
6
Galle
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
End: Colombo

1
night
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 21st (Sat): make a trip to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, then take in the exciting artwork at Ganeshism Studio Gallery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, and finally stroll around Galle Face Green.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Colombo online driving holiday planner.

Mumbai, India to Colombo is an approximately 5.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Mumbai in December since evenings lows in Colombo dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks Historic Sites Shopping
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Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara ©
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara

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.
On the 22nd (Sun), admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and finally appreciate the history behind Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kandy online day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Colombo to Kandy takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Sigiriya.

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
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 23rd (Mon): make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, don't miss a visit to Sigiriya, and then examine the collection at Sigiriya Museum. On the next day, take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and then stroll through Dhilip De Alwis.

To find out how to plan a trip to Sigiriya, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Kandy to Sigiriya in 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Dhilip De Alwis
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock
Dhilip De Alwis ©
Dhilip De Alwis

few
hours
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Polonnaruwa and then don't miss a visit to Gal Vihara.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Polonnaruwa visit planner.

You can drive from Sigiriya to Polonnaruwa in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites
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Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa
Gal Vihara ©
Gal Vihara

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, then take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge, and then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Ella vacation planning tool.

Getting from Polonnaruwa to Ella by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Ella

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

4
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Explore Galle's surroundings by going to Hikkaduwa (Hikkaduwa Beach, Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa, &more). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, get some fabulous bargains at Sooriya Weaving, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and stroll through Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Galle trip planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Ella to Galle in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Galle can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to catch the train back home.

Things to do in Galle

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Hikkaduwa
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Sinharaja Forest Reserve ©
Sinharaja Forest Reserve
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach

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