11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Riyadh
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Colombo
— 1 night
train:  1​h
2
Bentota
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
3
Balapitiya
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
4
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Nuwara Eliya
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Sigiriya
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Riyadh


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1
night
Colombo

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 30th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Colombo journey builder website .

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Colombo is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Riyadh to Colombo due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Riyadh in November; daily highs in Colombo reach 36°C and lows reach 28°C. On the 1st (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Bentota.

Things to do in Colombo

Historic Sites Parks
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Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

1
night
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle Protection Association, kick back and relax at Bentota Beach, and then look for gifts at Leather.lk.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Bentota trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by train from Colombo to Bentota takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Balapitiya.

Things to do in Bentota

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Leather.lk
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Sea Turtle Protection Association ©
Leather.lk ©
Leather.lk

1
night
Balapitiya

Balapitiya ©
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Madu River, then take in the exciting artwork at Tsunami Photo Museum, then see the interesting displays at Ariyapala Mask Museum, and finally kick back and relax at Ahungalla Beach.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Balapitiya planner .

Balapitiya is just a short distance from Bentota. In December, daily temperatures in Balapitiya can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Balapitiya

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Ahungalla Beach, Tsunami Photo Museum, Ariyapala Mask Museum
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Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Madu River ©
Madu River

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 3rd (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, and then get engrossed in the history at R. M. S Antique And Brassware. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, then view the masterpieces at I Love Ceylon Gallery, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, and finally snap pictures at Demodara Nine Arch Bridge.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Ella road trip planning website .

Getting from Balapitiya to Ella by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Ella

Nature Parks Tours
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge

1
night
Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya ©
Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
On the 5th (Wed), explore the activities along Gregory Lake, explore the activities along Kande-ela Reservoir, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Horton Plains National Park.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Nuwara Eliya trip itinerary planning website .

Drive from Ella to Nuwara Eliya in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Gregory Lake ©
Gregory Lake
Kande-ela Reservoir ©
Kande-ela Reservoir

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.
On the 6th (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kandy day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Nuwara Eliya to Kandy takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sigiriya: Golden Temple of Dambulla (in Dambulla) and Polonnaruwa (Gal Vihara, Polonnaruwa, & more). Spend the 7th (Fri) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, look for all kinds of wild species at Dhilip De Alwis, admire the natural beauty at Luck Uyana Herbal Medecines Garden, and see the interesting displays at Sigiriya Museum.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Sigiriya trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Sigiriya takes 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa, Habarana, Golden Temple of Dambulla, Luck Uyana Herbal Medecines Garden
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

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