11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Sydney
Fly:  16 h 15 min
1
Colombo
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Galle
— 3 nights
Bus:  4 h 15 min
3
Yala National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 15 min
4
Nuwara Eliya
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  29 h
End: Sydney

2
nights
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 22nd (Sat): kick back and relax at Negombo Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at St Anthony's Shrine, and then stop by Salie's Fine Jewelry & Gem Stones. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, pause for some serene contemplation at Borella All Saints Church, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Colombo trip itinerary tool.

Sydney, Australia to Colombo is an approximately 14- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Colombo is minus 4.5 hours. Traveling from Sydney in May, expect nights in Colombo to be much warmer, around 30°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 38°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Galle.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Scuba & Snorkeling, Negombo Beach
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
St Anthony's Shrine ©
St Anthony's Shrine

3
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Tsunami Photo Museum and Dutch Reformed Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mihiripenna Beach and Spas. Explore Galle's surroundings by going to Ahungalla Beach (in Ahungalla) and Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center (in Kosgoda). There's more to do: stroll through Jungle Beach and look for gifts at Stick No Bills Poster Gallery.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Galle day trip planning app.

Traveling by train from Colombo to Galle takes 2 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Galle

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Ahungalla Beach, Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center, Tsunami Photo Museum
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Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Mihiripenna Beach ©
Mihiripenna Beach

2
nights
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.
Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sithulpawwa Rock Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kataragama Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiri Vehera.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Yala National Park online travel route planner.

Traveling by bus from Galle to Yala National Park takes 4.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kataragama, Sithulpawwa Rock Temple
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Kataragama Temple ©
Kataragama Temple
Sithulpawwa Rock Temple ©
Sithulpawwa Rock Temple
Kiri Vehera ©
Kiri Vehera

2
nights
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 29th (Sat), stop by Mlesna Tea Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Xavier's Church, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Horton Plains National Park.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Nuwara Eliya trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Yala National Park to Nuwara Eliya in 2.5 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Mlesna Tea Castle
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Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Mlesna Tea Castle ©
Mlesna Tea Castle
Swarnagiri Maha Viharaya ©
Swarnagiri Maha Viharaya

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