11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Dambulla
— 3 nights
2
Sigiriya
— 3 nights
3
Polonnaruwa
— 2 nights
4
Trincomalee
— 2 nights

3
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dambulla: Anuradhapura (Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, Mihintale, &more). The adventure continues: explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, see Off-Road Tours, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ederagala Wana Senasuna, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Dambulla trip itinerary builder site.

Kalutara to Dambulla is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Anuradhapura, Dambulla Cave Temple
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Dambulla Cave Temple ©
Dambulla Cave Temple

3
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 5th (Tue): examine the collection at Sigiriya Museum and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: pick up a one of a kind souvenir at sigiri art gallery, make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, thendelve into the distant past at Sigiriya, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada.

To see maps and other tourist information, use the Sigiriya trip itinerary planning site.

Sigiriya is very close to Dambulla. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Minneriya National Park
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Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

2
nights
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
On the 7th (Thu), appreciate the history behind Statue of Parakramabahu I, admire the landmark architecture of Polonnaruwa, thendon't miss a visit to Thuparama, thenpause for some photo ops at Polonnaruwa Vatadage, and finally explore the ancient world of Siva Devalaya (No 1). On the 8th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Lankathilaka Image House, thendon't miss a visit to Gal Vihara, thenadmire the landmark architecture of Kumara Pokuna, and finally get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum.

For ratings and other tourist information, go to the Polonnaruwa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Polonnaruwa takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites Museums
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Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa
Gal Vihara ©
Gal Vihara
Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House

2
nights
Trincomalee

Trincomalee ©
A center of Tamil culture and language, Trincomalee suffered greatly during the 30-year civil war, but the troubles haven't dimmed the natural and cultural charms of the place.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Koneswaram Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mamangam Temple, and then kick back and relax at Nilaveli Beach. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Velgam Vehera and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pigeon Island National Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Trincomalee trip tool.

Traveling by car from Polonnaruwa to Trincomalee takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nilaveli
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Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Pigeon Island National Park ©
Pigeon Island National Park
Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple

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