11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Birmingham
Foot + Fly:  15 h
1
Negombo
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
2
Sigiriya
— Few hours
Drive:  30 min
3
Dambulla
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Nuwara Eliya
— 2 nights
train:  3 h
6
Ella
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h
7
Tissamaharama
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
8
Mirissa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
9
Galle
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h 30 min
10
Colombo
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h
11
Negombo
— Few hours
Fly + Foot:  15 h
End: Birmingham

1
night
Negombo

Negombo ©
Located close to the international airport, Negombo has a reputation for being either the first or last taste of the country for visitors.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Muthurajawela Marsh and then enjoy the sand and surf at Negombo Beach.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Negombo day trip planning website.

Birmingham, UK to Negombo is an approximately 15- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a 5 hour difference. In April, Negombo is much warmer than Birmingham - with highs of 90°F and lows of 77°F. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Negombo

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Dutch Fort ©
Dutch Fort

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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 13th (Mon), make a trip to Pidurangala Rock and then explore the galleries of Pethikada.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Sigiriya holiday builder.

Traveling by flight from Negombo to Sigiriya takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Dambulla.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Museums Shopping
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Pethikada ©
Pethikada
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
You've now added Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage to your itinerary. On the 14th (Tue), Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.

To plan Dambulla vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Dambulla is very close to Sigiriya. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Dambulla

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

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Kandy

Kandy
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kandy trip maker tool.

Drive from Dambulla to Kandy in 2.5 hours. On the 15th (Wed), you're off to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Kandy

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes St Clair's Falls. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Pedro Tea Factory , then admire the sheer force of St Clair's Falls, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kande-ela Reservoir. On the next day, explore the activities along Gregory Lake, then get to know the fascinating history of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country, and then stroll around Victoria Park of Nuwara Eliya.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Nuwara Eliya trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Gregory Lake ©
Gregory Lake
Pedro Tea Factory	©
Pedro Tea Factory
Moon Plains ©
Moon Plains

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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 17th (Fri), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Ella holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Nuwara Eliya to Ella takes 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Ella

Spas
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Spas

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Tissamaharama

Tissamaharama
Tourism in Tissamaharama revolves around the town's vast historic and cultural heritage, with the surroundings of scenic paddy fields adding to the ambiance.
For photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tissamaharama online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Ella to Tissamaharama takes 2 hours. In April, daytime highs in Tissamaharama are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. On the 18th (Sat), you'll travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Spas & Wellness. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and then kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: meet the residents at Snake Farm, then relax in the rural setting at Nandana Tea Factory, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Mirissa trip planning tool.

Getting from Tissamaharama to Mirissa by bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 91°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Mirissa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Nandana Tea Factory, Snake Farm
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Spas
Spas & Wellness

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Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
On the 20th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Jungle Beach and then stroll through Sea Turtle Farm.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Galle day trip website.

You can drive from Mirissa to Galle in an hour. Another option is to take a train. Expect a daytime high around 92°F in April, and nighttime lows around 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow time for the train ride to Colombo.

Things to do in Galle

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Jungle Beach
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Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara ©
Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

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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.
To find traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Colombo trip planner.

Traveling by train from Galle to Colombo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 92°F in April, and nighttime lows around 78°F. On the 20th (Mon), you're off to Negombo.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Negombo

Negombo
To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Negombo sightseeing planning tool.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Colombo to Negombo in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. On the 20th (Mon), you're off to home.

Things to do in Negombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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