11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Colombo
— 1 night
2
Kosgoda
— Few hours
3
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
4
Trincomalee
— 1 night
5
Kandy
— 1 night
6
Ella
— 2 nights
7
Galle
— 2 nights
8
Colombo
— 1 night

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): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Church and then kick back and relax at Negombo Beach.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Colombo day trip app.

Chennai, India to Colombo is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. Traveling from Chennai in May, you will find days in Colombo are a bit cooler (°C), and nights are about the same (°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 Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Negombo
Find places to stay May 24 — 25:
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Shri Ponnambalawaneswaram Kovil ©
Shri Ponnambalawaneswaram Kovil
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
The Galleries of Sapumal Foundation ©
The Galleries of Sapumal Foundation

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Kosgoda

Kosgoda ©
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): stroll through Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ahungalla Beach.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kosgoda trip planner.

Getting from Colombo to Kosgoda by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. May in Kosgoda sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Kosgoda

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Ahungalla Beach
Find places to stay May 25 — 26:
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Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dambulla Cave Temple, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Temple of Dambulla.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Anuradhapura day trip site.

Getting from Kosgoda to Anuradhapura by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and 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 Nature Parks

Side Trips

Dambulla Cave Temple, Golden Temple of Dambulla
Find places to stay May 25 — 27:
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Dambulla Cave Temple ©
Dambulla Cave Temple

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 find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Trincomalee trip tool.

Drive from Anuradhapura to Trincomalee in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Nilaveli
Find places to stay May 27 — 28:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Sri Lanka Navy Museum ©
Sri Lanka Navy Museum

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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 Kandy War Cemetery, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, thenstroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, thendon't miss a visit to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kandy online itinerary planner.

Drive from Trincomalee to Kandy in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Museums Nature
Find places to stay May 28 — 29:
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World Buddhist Museum ©
World Buddhist Museum
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery

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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.
On the 30th (Thu), stop by R. M. S Antique And Brassware and then take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock. On the 31st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dhowa Rock Temple, thenpause for some serene contemplation at St Mark’s Church, thendon't miss a visit to Muthiyangana Raja Maha Viharaya, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahamevnawa Monastery.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Ella day trip site.

You can drive from Kandy to Ella in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. May in Ella sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Ella

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Badulla
Find places to stay May 29 — 31:
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Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Muthiyangana Raja Maha Viharaya ©
Muthiyangana Raja Maha Viharaya
St Mark’s Church ©
St Mark’s Church

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nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): steep yourself in history at Galle Fort and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirissa Beach, thenexamine the collection at Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Dutch Reformed Church, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Fort Shri Sudarmalaya Buddhist Temple.

Discover how to plan a Galle trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Ella to Galle in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In May in Galle, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Colombo.

Things to do in Galle

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Mirissa Beach
Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 2:
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dutch Reformed Church ©
Dutch Reformed Church
Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex ©

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Colombo

Colombo ©
On the 3rd (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Colombo National Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seema Malakaya Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Borella All Saints Church, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anthony's Shrine.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Colombo sightseeing planning website.

Traveling by car from Galle to Colombo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Jun 2 — 3:
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Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
St Anthony's Shrine ©
St Anthony's Shrine
Seema Malakaya Temple ©
Seema Malakaya Temple

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