11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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.
On the 22nd (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Negombo Beach, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Anthony's Shrine, and then look for gifts at Salie's Fine Jewelry & Gem Stones. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Borella All Saints Church, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Colombo route planner.

Sydney, Australia to Colombo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Colombo is minus 4 hours. Traveling from Sydney in May, expect nights in Colombo to be much warmer, around 30°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 38°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to take a train to Galle.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Negombo Beach, Scuba & Snorkeling
Find places to stay May 21 — 23:
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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.
Head to Tsunami Photo Museum and Stick No Bills Poster Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Relax by the water at Ahungalla Beach and Jungle Beach. Take a break from Galle with a short trip to Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center in Kosgoda, about 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Church, and kick back and relax at Mihiripenna Beach.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Galle trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Colombo to Galle by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Galle are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 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, Tsunami Photo Museum, Ahungalla Beach, Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center
Find places to stay May 23 — 26:
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Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
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.
On the 27th (Thu), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Sithulpawwa Rock Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kataragama Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiri Vehera.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Yala National Park online trip planner .

Getting from Galle to Yala National Park by bus takes about 4.5 hours. May in Yala National Park sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Kataragama, Sithulpawwa Rock Temple
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Kataragama Temple ©
Kataragama Temple
Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Sithulpawwa Rock Temple ©
Sithulpawwa Rock Temple

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), look for gifts at Mlesna Tea Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Xavier's Church, and then identify plant and animal life at Horton Plains National Park.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Nuwara Eliya online route planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Yala National Park to Nuwara Eliya in 2.5 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Wildlife Nature Parks

Side Trip

Mlesna Tea Castle
Find places to stay May 28 — 30:
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Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Swarnagiri Maha Viharaya ©
Swarnagiri Maha Viharaya
St. Xavier's Church ©
St. Xavier's Church

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