11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka trip planner

Plan created by another user. Make it yours

Route & dates

1
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
2
Polonnaruwa
— 1 night
3
Kandy
— 3 nights
4
Netolpitiya
— 1 night
5
Galle
— 3 nights

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, delve into the distant past at Moonstone or Sandakada pahana, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Dagoba of Thuparama, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Isurumuniya Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi.

To find out how to plan a trip to Anuradhapura, use our trip itinerary maker.

New Delhi, India to Anuradhapura is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba
Moonstone or Sandakada pahana ©
Moonstone or Sandakada pahana

1
night
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kaudulla National Park. On your second day here, explore the ancient world of Polonnaruwa Vatadage.

To see traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Polonnaruwa attractions planning website.

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Polonnaruwa takes 2.5 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Mon) before leaving for Kandy.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kaudulla National Park
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage
Kaudulla National Park ©
Kaudulla National Park

3
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 26th (Tue), stop by Kandy City Center and then look for gifts at Jayamali Batiks Studio. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, make a trip to Kandy view point, thenexplore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Udawattekele Sanctuary, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy War Cemetery.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kandy itinerary maker app.

Getting from Polonnaruwa to Kandy by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Netolpitiya.

Things to do in Kandy

Shopping Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
Udawattekele Sanctuary ©
Udawattekele Sanctuary

1
night
Netolpitiya

Netolpitiya ©
Most people take a trip to Netolpitiya to enjoy a classic beach holiday.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa).

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Netolpitiya vacation builder website.

You can drive from Kandy to Netolpitiya in 5.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Netolpitiya are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Netolpitiya

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Tangalle
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) ©
Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa)
Tangalle Lagoon ©
Tangalle Lagoon
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara ©
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara

3
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Get outdoors at Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project and Speed Boats Tours. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dutch Reformed Church and Lihiniya Gems. Explore Galle's surroundings by going to Spas & Wellness (in Mirissa) and Tsunami Photo Museum (in Telwatta). There's more to do: look for gifts at Stick No Bills Poster Gallery.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Galle itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Netolpitiya to Galle takes 1.5 hours. December in Galle sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. On the 1st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Galle

Shopping Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Mirissa, Tsunami Photo Museum, Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:
Highlights from your plan
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Dutch Reformed Church ©
Dutch Reformed Church
Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project ©
Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project

Similar plans

13 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM ROMANIA December, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, slow & easy, popular sights Preferences: December, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Slow & easy 12 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM THAILAND December, kids, popular sights Preferences: December, kids Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 12 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA February, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems Preferences: February Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Fast-paced 12 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES November, fast-paced, popular sights Preferences: November Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Fast-paced 12 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, fast-paced, popular sights Preferences: December Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Fast-paced 14 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES February, romantic, beaches, popular sights Preferences: February, romantic, beaches Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 12 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM INDIA December, popular & hidden gems Preferences: December Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 14 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM INDONESIA February, kids, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, popular sights Preferences: February, kids, outdoors, beaches, historic sites Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 13 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM PORTUGAL June, popular sights Preferences: June Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 12 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA January, popular sights Preferences: January Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 15 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES December, popular sights Preferences: December Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 14 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM LATVIA November, popular sights Preferences: November Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium
See more plans