11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Karachi
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Colombo
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 30​min
2
Sigiriya
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Nuwara Eliya
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Ella
— 1 day
taxi + Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Galle
— 2 nights
+4
train + foot + bus + foot + Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Karachi

5
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.
Kids will enjoy Negombo Beach and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Change things up with a short trip to Kalutara Beach in Kalutara (about 1h 25 min away). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, explore the historical opulence of National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka, stroll through Galle Face Green, and enjoy the sand and surf at Mount Lavinia Beach.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Colombo road trip planning app .

Karachi, Pakistan to Colombo is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. Traveling from Karachi in February, expect Colombo to be a bit warmer, temps between 37°C and 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kalutara Beach, Negombo Beach
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Mount Lavinia Beach ©
Mount Lavinia Beach
Kalutara Beach ©
Kalutara Beach

1
night
Sigiriya

Sigiriya ©
The historic rock of the same name dominates the landscape of World Heritage-listed Sigiriya, where the steep and striking lava plug contains the ruins of an ancient empire.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): Head underground at The Golden Temple, then see the interesting displays at Sigiriya Museum, and then make a trip to Sigiriya World Heritage Site.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Sigiriya trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Colombo to Sigiriya takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya Museum ©
Sigiriya Museum

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Raja Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then identify plant and animal life at Udawattekele Sanctuary, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kandy itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Sigiriya to Kandy in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake
Udawattekele Sanctuary ©
Udawattekele Sanctuary

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): relax in the rural setting at Bluefield Tea Gardens, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple, then take in nature's colorful creations at Victoria Park of Nuwara Eliya, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sita Temple.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Nuwara Eliya trip planning app .

You can drive from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Historic Sites Parks
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Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple ©
Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple
Sita Temple ©
Sita Temple
Bluefield Tea Gardens ©
Bluefield Tea Gardens

1
day
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 27th (Tue), snap pictures at Demodara Nine Arch Bridge and then take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Ella trip builder .

Traveling by car from Nuwara Eliya to Ella takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Ella

Nature Parks
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Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge

2
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
On the 28th (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch Reformed Church, enjoy the sand and surf at Unawatuna Beach, then make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda, and finally kick back and relax at Jungle Beach.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Galle trip maker site .

You can drive from Ella to Galle in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Galle

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Unawatuna
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Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Japanese Peace Pagoda ©
Japanese Peace Pagoda
Dutch Reformed Church ©
Dutch Reformed Church

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