11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly + taxi:  9​h 15​min
1
Kandy
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  2​h
2
Unawatuna
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
3
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Arugam Bay
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Sigiriya
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: New Delhi

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, then contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Kandy online route planner .

New Delhi, India to Kandy is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

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
Unawatuna

Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, take in the exciting artwork at Pilgrims Lounge Chrishtopher Handicraft and Paint Gallery, make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda, then kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, and finally stop by Lak Gems & Jewellery.

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Do a combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Unawatuna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and taxi. In May, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Ella.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Mirissa, Galle, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
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 24th (Fri): snap pictures at Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, then look for gifts at Ella Gem & Jewelry, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Ella Spice Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: learn more about the world around you at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, and then admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Ella online trip maker .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Unawatuna to Ella takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Ella can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (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
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge
Ravana Ella Falls ©
Ravana Ella Falls

2
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
On the 26th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kudumbigala Monastery, enjoy the sea views from Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, then explore the activities along Pottuvil Lagoon, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Arugam Bay. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Muhudu Maha Viharaya, then head outdoors with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka, and then look for gifts at Rice & Carry Bags Shop.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Arugam Bay day trip planner .

You can drive from Ella to Arugam Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks
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Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Dambulla (Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium & Golden Temple of Dambulla). Spend the 30th (Thu) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. There's more to do: delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Sigiriya and make a trip to Pidurangala Rock.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Sigiriya road trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Arugam Bay to Sigiriya in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dambulla, Minneriya National Park
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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