11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Colombo
Drive:  1 h 45 min
1
Unawatuna
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Arugam Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
4
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Kandy
— 2 nights
Train + Taxi:  1 h
End: Colombo

2
nights
Unawatuna

Palm-fringed beaches with golden sand, turquoise water, and a colorful coral reef are enough to draw any beachgoer to Unawatuna, but there's plenty to do off the beach here as well.
Explore Unawatuna's surroundings by going to Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, explore the galleries of Pilgrims Lounge Chrishtopher Handicraft and Paint Gallery, look for gifts at Lak Gems & Jewellery, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Unawatuna day trip app.

Colombo to Unawatuna is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Unawatuna can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Ella.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Mirissa, Galle, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Spas & Wellness

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 17th (Fri): make a trip to Nine Arches Bridge, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, thenstop by Ella Gem & Jewelry, and finally admire the natural beauty at Ella Spice Garden. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by R. M. S Antique And Brassware, explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Ella trip planner.

You can drive from Unawatuna to Ella in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In May in Ella, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Shopping
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ravana Ella Falls ©
Ravana Ella Falls
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge

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nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
On the 19th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kudumbigala Monastery, visit a coastal fixture at Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, thenexplore the activities along Pottuvil Lagoon, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Arugam Bay. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Muhudu Maha Vihara, head outdoors with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka, and then look for gifts at Rice & Carry Bags Shop.

For where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Arugam Bay road trip website.

You can drive from Ella to Arugam Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors Historic Sites Nature
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Whisky Point, Sri Lanka ©
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara

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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 21st (Tue): don't miss a visit to Sigiriya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis, thenexplore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Sigiriya visit website.

You can drive from Arugam Bay to Sigiriya in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Golden Temple of Dambulla, Dhilip De Alwis
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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 23rd (Thu), take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, thenstroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and finally explore the activities along Kandy Lake. Keep things going the next day: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, take in the spiritual surroundings of Asgiri Maha Vihara pirivena, look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, thendon't miss a visit to Degaldoruwa Temple, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hanthana Mountain Range.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kandy visit planner.

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Kandy takes 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Nature 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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