11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Chennai
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Colombo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Kosgoda
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Trincomalee
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Galle
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Colombo
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Chennai

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Church, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then kick back and relax at Negombo Beach.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Colombo trip itinerary planning app .

Chennai, India to Colombo is an approximately 5-hour flight. While traveling from Chennai, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Colombo, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 30°C. On the 25th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Kosgoda.

Things to do in Colombo

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Negombo
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Shri Ponnambalawaneswaram Kovil ©
Shri Ponnambalawaneswaram Kovil
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
The Galleries of Sapumal Foundation ©

few
hours
Kosgoda

Kosgoda ©
To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kosgoda road trip app .

You can take a train from Colombo to Kosgoda in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In May, daytime highs in Kosgoda are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Kosgoda

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Ahungalla Beach
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1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Maha Boodhi Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dambulla Cave Temple, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Anuradhapura tour planner.

Getting from Kosgoda to Anuradhapura by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Golden Temple of Dambulla, Dambulla Cave Temple
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Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla

1
night
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 27th (Mon): learn about all things military at Sri Lanka Navy Museum.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Trincomalee vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Trincomalee takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Nilaveli
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple ©
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple

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 29th (Wed), stroll the grounds of Commonwealth War Cemetery, explore the activities along 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 examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kandy day trip app .

Getting from Trincomalee to Kandy by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

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 30th (Thu): learn more about the world around you at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Dhowa Rock Temple, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Mark’s Church, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Muthiyangana Raja Maha Viharaya, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Bandarawela.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Ella trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Kandy to Ella takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in May, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Badulla
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Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
St Mark’s Church ©
St Mark’s Church
Muthiyangana Raja Maha Viharaya ©
Muthiyangana Raja Maha Viharaya

2
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
On the 1st (Sat), contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach, then examine the collection at Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Church, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Fort Shri Sudarmalaya Buddhist Temple.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Galle road trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Ella to Galle takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Galle can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Colombo.

Things to do in Galle

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Mirissa Beach
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dutch Reformed Church ©
Dutch Reformed Church

1
night
Colombo

Colombo ©
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): examine the collection at Colombo National Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seema Malakaya Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Borella All Saints Church, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Anthony s Church Kochikade Colombo.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Colombo tour planner .

Traveling by car from Galle to Colombo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Historic Sites Museums
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Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
St Anthony's Shrine ©
St Anthony's Shrine
Seema Malakaya Temple ©
Seema Malakaya Temple

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