11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
2
Ella
— 2 nights
3
Balapitiya
— 4 nights
4
Colombo
— 1 night

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Balloon Rides and Dhilip De Alwis. Spend the 4th (Fri) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, examine the collection at Sigiriya Museum, and view the masterpieces at Pethikada.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Sigiriya tour planner.

Mumbai, India to Sigiriya is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Dhilip De Alwis, Balloon Rides, Minneriya National Park
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Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park
Balloon Rides
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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 6th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, don't miss a visit to Nine Arches Bridge, thenlook for gifts at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Ella Spice Garden.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Ella day trip planner.

Getting from Sigiriya to Ella by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Balapitiya.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Shopping
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Spice Garden ©
Ella Spice Garden
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge

4
nights
Balapitiya

Balapitiya ©
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center and Galagoda Shailatharama Viharaya.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Balapitiya trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Ella to Balapitiya in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Balapitiya are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow time for the train ride to Colombo.

Things to do in Balapitiya

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Ambalangoda, Kosgoda, Ahungalla, Galagoda Shailatharama Viharaya, kanneliya Forest Reserve
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Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Madu River ©
Madu River

1
night
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 11th (Fri): stop by Ceylon Tea Supermarket and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Colombo trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by train from Balapitiya to Colombo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around °C in January, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Ceylon Tea Supermarket ©
Ceylon Tea Supermarket

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