11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Dubai
Fly:  8 h
1
Colombo
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  3 h
2
Arugam Bay
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  3 h 45 min
3
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  2 h 45 min
4
Hikkaduwa
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  1 h 30 min
5
Kandy
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  9 h 15 min
End: Dubai

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.
On the 17th (Wed), explore the world behind art at The Galleries of Sapumal Foundation, take an in-depth tour of The Bandaranaike Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Negombo Beach.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Colombo online vacation planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Colombo is an approximately 7- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dubai to Colombo is 1.5 hours. Traveling from Dubai in July, expect Colombo to be little chillier, temps between 37°C and 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Colombo

Museums Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Negombo Beach
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Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach

1
night
Arugam Bay

Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, explore the activities along Pottuvil Lagoon, then enjoy the sea views from Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, then enjoy the sand and surf at Arugam Bay, and finally stop by Rice & Carry Bags Shop.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Arugam Bay tour itinerary builder tool.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Colombo to Arugam Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. In July in Arugam Bay, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Nature Parks Shopping
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Spas
Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse

2
nights
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.
On the 20th (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Temple of Dambulla.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Sigiriya travel planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Arugam Bay to Sigiriya takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Minneriya National Park, Golden Temple of Dambulla, Safaris
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park
Safaris

2
nights
Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa ©
One of the most scenic beach resorts in Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa features a number of long white sand beaches with palm trees and gentle waves.
On the 22nd (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Hikkaduwa Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at Tsunami Photo Museum, and then kick back and relax at Bentota Beach. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Mihiripenna Beach, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then kick back and relax at Jungle Beach.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Hikkaduwa trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Sigiriya to Hikkaduwa by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Tsunami Photo Museum, Bentota Beach
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Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach

3
nights
Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Get outdoors at Royal Botanical Gardens and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. Let the collections at World Buddhist Museum and Ceylon Tea Museum capture your imagination. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Kandy driving holiday planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Hikkaduwa to Kandy in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Royal Botanical Gardens
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

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