11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Chennai
Fly + Taxi:  7​h
1
Galle
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2​h 15​min
2
Kandy
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Dambulla
— 1 day
Train:  2​h 15​min
4
Colombo
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
End: Chennai

3
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Galle route maker tool .

Chennai (Madras), India to Galle is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Beaches Shopping

Side Trips

Mirissa, Jungle Beach
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and Kandy Lake. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Jayamali Batiks Studio and Kandy City Center. Venture out of the city with trips to Victoria Golf & Country Resort (in Rajawella) and National Railway Museum (in Kadugannawa). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, get engrossed in the history at Raja Museum, and don't miss a visit to Royal Palace of Kandy.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kandy trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Galle to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Dambulla.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

National Railway Museum, Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Victoria Golf & Country Resort
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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

1
day
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): look for gifts at Lanka Silks, then explore the historical opulence of Golden Cave Temple, and then explore the fascinating underground world of The Golden Temple.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Dambulla day trip website .

Traveling by car from Kandy to Dambulla takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Dambulla

Nature Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Lanka Silks
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Lanka Silks ©
Lanka Silks

4
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Colombo National Museum and Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Negombo Beach and Mount Lavinia Beach. And it doesn't end there: stop by Stone 'N' String, buy something for everyone on your list at Arcade Independence Square, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Galle Face Green.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Colombo trip itinerary website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Dambulla to Colombo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. On the 30th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Shopping Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Negombo Beach
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Stone 'N' String ©
Stone 'N' String
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©

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