11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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
taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Hikkaduwa
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 30​min
5
Kandy
— 3 nights
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), admire the masterpieces at The Galleries of Sapumal Foundation, then take an in-depth tour of The Bandaranaike Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Colombo National Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Negombo Beach.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Colombo online itinerary maker .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Colombo is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Dubai in July: high temperatures in Colombo hover around 37°C and lows are around 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 Tours

Side Trip

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

1
night
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
On the 19th (Fri), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, contemplate the waterfront views at Pottuvil Lagoon, enjoy the sea views from Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, then contemplate the waterfront views at Arugam Bay, and finally look for gifts at Rice & Carry Bags Shop.

To find where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Arugam Bay day trip planning website .

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, taxi, and flight. In July, daytime highs in Arugam Bay are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Parks Nature Shopping
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Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Pottuvil Lagoon ©
Pottuvil Lagoon

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an exotic tour of a safari tour and then stroll through Golden Temple of Dambulla.

To find traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Sigiriya trip planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Arugam Bay to Sigiriya in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Golden Temple of Dambulla, Safaris, Minneriya National Park
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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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Hikkaduwa Beach, browse the exhibits of Tsunami Photo Museum, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bentota Beach. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Mihiripenna Beach, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then kick back and relax at Jungle Beach.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Hikkaduwa planning site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Sigiriya to Hikkaduwa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In July in Hikkaduwa, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 31°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Tsunami Photo Museum, Bentota Beach
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and Royal Botanical Gardens. Popular historic sites such as Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Kandy Garrison Cemetery are in your itinerary. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Kandy Lake, take an in-depth tour of Raja Museum, engage your brain at Natural Gems and Gemmological Museum, and see the interesting displays at Ceylon Tea Museum.

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Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Hikkaduwa to Kandy takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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