11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  29​h
1
Kandy
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
2
Galle
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 30​min
3
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Dambulla
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  34​h
End: Charlotte

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.
On the 21st (Wed), take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, then explore the activities along Kandy Lake, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally get engrossed in the history at Raja Museum.

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Charlotte, USA to Kandy is an approximately 29-hour combination of flight, bus, and train. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of bus, taxi, flight, and train. Traveling from Charlotte to Kandy, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Galle.

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
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

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Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch Reformed Church, then stop by Stick No Bills Poster Gallery, and then contemplate the long history of Galle Fort. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Mirissa Beach and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Galle day trip app .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Galle in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mirissa, Jungle Beach
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dolphin & Whale Watching
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): take in the views from Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, then take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls. Keep things going the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Ella travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Galle to Ella takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can go by car to Dambulla.

Things to do in Ella

Nature Parks
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge
Ravana Ella Falls ©
Ravana Ella Falls

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nights
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
On the 27th (Tue), look for gifts at Lanka Silks, then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at sigiri art gallery, then make a trip to Sigiriya World Heritage Site, and finally make a trip to Pidurangala Rock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire all the interesting features of Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Golden Cave Temple, and then explore the fascinating underground world of The Golden Temple.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Dambulla road trip website .

You can drive from Ella to Dambulla in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

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
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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