11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Colombo
Drive:  45 min
1
Negombo
— Few hours
Fly:  1 h
2
Sigiriya
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 15 min
3
Jaffna
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Habarana
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
6
Polonnaruwa
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
7
Yala National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
8
Ella
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
9
Mirissa
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
10
Galle
— 1 night
Fly:  1 h
11
Kandy
— 1 night
Train + Taxi:  1 h
End: Colombo

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Negombo

Negombo
Located close to the international airport, Negombo has a reputation for being either the first or last taste of the country for visitors.
On the 24th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Anne's Church.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Negombo trip website.

Colombo to Negombo is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. In October in Negombo, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Negombo

Historic Sites
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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.
To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Sigiriya travel route builder site.

Getting from Negombo to Sigiriya by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to drive to Jaffna.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pethikada ©
Pethikada

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Jaffna

Jaffna ©
A center of Tamil culture, the city of Jaffna remains in the process of rebuilding after suffering greatly during the civil war.
On the 26th (Mon), delve into the distant past at Kantharodai Viharaya, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dambakola Patuna Sangamitta Temple, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kadurugoda Buddhist Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nallur Kovil.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Jaffna online route planner.

Drive from Sigiriya to Jaffna in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites
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Nallur Kovil ©
Nallur Kovil
Dambakola Patuna Sangamitta Temple ©
Dambakola Patuna Sangamitta Temple
Kantharodai Viharaya ©
Kantharodai Viharaya

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Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura ©
Explore the well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sri Lankan civilization and its former capital at Anuradhapura, a World Heritage Site and erstwhile center of Theravada Buddhism set amidst peaceful green parks.
On the 27th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Isurumuniya Temple, don't miss a visit to Mihintale, thenadmire the landmark architecture of Ruwanwelisaya, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Anuradhapura journey planner.

You can drive from Jaffna to Anuradhapura in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to drive to Habarana.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites
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Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi

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Habarana

Habarana ©
Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): stroll through Dhilip De Alwis, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Habarana Buddhist Temple.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Habarana road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Habarana takes 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Habarana

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Minneriya National Park
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Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park
Dhilip De Alwis ©
Dhilip De Alwis
Habarana Buddhist Temple ©
Habarana Buddhist Temple

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Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): go for a walk through Medirigiriya Vatadage, thensteep yourself in history at Sathmahal Prasada, thenappreciate the history behind Polonnaruwa Vatadage, and finally delve into the distant past at Polonnaruwa.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Polonnaruwa tour itinerary maker website.

Drive from Habarana to Polonnaruwa in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites
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Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa
Medirigiriya Vatadage ©
Medirigiriya Vatadage
Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage

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Yala National Park

Yala National Park ©
One of the most popular national parks in the country, Yala National Park boasts a wide variety of animals, and does important work in conserving and growing populations.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kebiliththa - Siyambalawa devalaya and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiri Vehera.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Yala National Park travel website.

Traveling by car from Polonnaruwa to Yala National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kiri Vehera
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Highlights from your plan
Kiri Vehera ©
Kiri Vehera
Kebiliththa - Siyambalawa devalaya ©
Kebiliththa - Siyambalawa devalaya

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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.
On the 31st (Sat), explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, thentake in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, and then take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Ella online trip builder.

Drive from Yala National Park to Ella in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Ella

Nature Parks
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Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge

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Mirissa

The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
On the 1st (Sun), head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach, and then don't miss a visit to The Shrine of Our Lady of Matara.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Mirissa trip planner.

You can drive from Ella to Mirissa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

The Shrine of Our Lady of Matara
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
The Shrine of Our Lady of Matara ©
The Shrine of Our Lady of Matara

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Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Unawatuna Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Jungle Beach, and then contemplate the long history of Galle Fort.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Galle day trip planner.

Getting from Mirissa to Galle by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. November in Galle sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Unawatuna
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Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Unawatuna Beach ©
Unawatuna Beach

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Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, thenstroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, thenexplore the activities along Kandy Lake, and finally admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kandy trip planning app.

Getting from Galle to Kandy by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Highlights from your plan
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

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