11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Kuwait City
Fly:  10 h 30 min
1
Colombo
— Few hours
Fly:  1 h
2
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Nuwara Eliya
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Netolpitiya
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Galle
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
6
Beruwala
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  11 h
End: Kuwait City

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hours
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): stop by Barefoot and then stop by Stone 'N' String.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Colombo trip itinerary planner.

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Colombo is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Traveling from Kuwait City to Colombo, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Kuwait City in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Colombo, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Shopping
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Stone 'N' String ©
Stone 'N' String
Barefoot ©
Barefoot

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, then look for gifts at Jayamali Batiks Studio, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kandy custom trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Colombo to Kandy takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May in Kandy, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Jayamali Batiks Studio ©
Jayamali Batiks Studio
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Horton Plains National Park and Lover's Leap Falls. Step off the beaten path and head to Ramboda Falls and Franciscan Sister's Jam Room. Step out of Nuwara Eliya with an excursion to Adams Peak (Sri Pada) in Hatton--about 1h 10 min away. It doesn't end there: look for gifts at Mackwoods Labookellie Tea Centre.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Nuwara Eliya travel planner.

You can drive from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya in 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Netolpitiya.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Shopping
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nights
Netolpitiya

Netolpitiya ©
Most people take a trip to Netolpitiya to enjoy a classic beach holiday.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Tangalle Lagoon, then explore the ancient world of Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara, and then kick back and relax at Goyambokka Beach.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Netolpitiya vacation trip planner.

Getting from Nuwara Eliya to Netolpitiya by car takes about 4.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Netolpitiya

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Tangalle
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Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) ©
Tangalle Lagoon ©
Tangalle Lagoon
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara ©
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara

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nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Visiting Jungle Beach and Mirissa Beach will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Lihiniya Gems and Handunugoda Tea Estate. When in Galle, make a side trip to see Spas & Wellness in Mirissa, approximately 54 minutes away. It doesn't end there: look for gifts at Cara Jewellers and enjoy the sand and surf at Unawatuna Beach.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Galle online itinerary creator.

Traveling by car from Netolpitiya to Galle takes 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Beruwala.

Things to do in Galle

Shopping Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Mirissa, Handunugoda Tea Estate, Jungle Beach
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Lihiniya Gems ©
Lihiniya Gems
Cara Jewellers ©
Cara Jewellers
Spas & Wellness

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night
Beruwala

Beruwala ©
Beruwala is a town in Kalutara District, Western Province, Sri Lanka, governed by an Urban Council. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): stop by Dara Gems and Jewellery and then kick back and relax at Beruwala Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Brief Garden - Bevis Bawa and then look for all kinds of wild species at Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Beruwala itinerary builder.

You can drive from Galle to Beruwala in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Beruwala

Parks Classes Shopping

Side Trip

Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project
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Beruwala Beach ©
Beruwala Beach
Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project ©
Brief Garden - Bevis Bawa ©
Brief Garden - Bevis Bawa

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