11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Jeddah
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Colombo
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Nuwara Eliya
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Hikkaduwa
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Negombo
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Jeddah

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Arcade Independence Square as well as Good Market Shop. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): buy something for everyone on your list at Arcade Independence Square, then appreciate the history behind Independence Memorial Hall, and then stop by Good Market Shop.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Colombo route tool .

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Colombo is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Jeddah to Colombo is 2 hours. In December in Colombo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Shopping
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Arcade Independence Square ©
Arcade Independence Square
Independence Memorial Hall ©
Independence Memorial Hall

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kandy City Center as well as Kandy Lake Club - Cultural Dance Show. Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Hanthana Mountain Range. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kandy Lake and Commonwealth War Cemetery. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Udawattekele Sanctuary, pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Maha Vishnu Devalaya, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kandy vacation builder website .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Colombo to Kandy in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. On the 1st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:
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Udawattekele Sanctuary ©
Udawattekele Sanctuary
Kandy Lake Club - Cultural Dance Show ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Gregory Lake, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sita Temple, then explore the activities along Kande-ela Reservoir, then look for all kinds of wild species at Horton Plains National Park, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Bambarakanda Falls. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Xavier's Church, then head outdoors with Piduruthalagala Forest Reserve, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Church.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Nuwara Eliya trip planning site .

You can drive from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Bambarakanda Falls
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Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Bambarakanda Falls ©
Bambarakanda Falls
Piduruthalagala Forest Reserve ©
Piduruthalagala Forest Reserve

1
night
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 4th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seenigama Muhudu Viharaya, take in the exciting artwork at Tsunami Photo Museum, see the interesting displays at Community Tsunami Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa, then enjoy the sand and surf at Hikkaduwa Beach, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Saffron Robes Gallery and Studio.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Hikkaduwa road trip planning site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Nuwara Eliya to Hikkaduwa in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. January in Hikkaduwa sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Negombo.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Tsunami Photo Museum
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Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Community Tsunami Museum ©
Community Tsunami Museum
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach

3
nights
Negombo

Located close to the international airport, Negombo has a reputation for being either the first or last taste of the country for visitors.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): get outside with Outdoor Activities, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Anne’s Church, look for gifts at LUV SL Negombo, then stroll through Negombo Beach, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Church, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Anne's Church. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Dutch Canal, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Sebastian’s Church, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally make a trip to Angurukaramulla Temple.

Make your Negombo itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Hikkaduwa to Negombo in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. In January in Negombo, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 26°C at night. On the 7th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Negombo

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

St. Anne’s Church
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 7:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Dutch Canal ©
Dutch Canal
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach

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