11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Riyadh
Fly + Taxi:  20 h 45 min
1
Galle
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h
2
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Ella
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Dambulla
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h
5
Colombo
— 1 night
Fly:  7 h 15 min
End: Riyadh

3
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Explore Galle's surroundings by going to Mirissa Beach (in Mirissa), Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa) and Bentota Beach (in Bentota). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda, stroll through Unawatuna Beach, and kick back and relax at Jungle Beach.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Galle online road trip planner .

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Galle is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Arabia Standard Time (AST) to India Standard Time (IST) is 2 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Riyadh in November, with highs in Galle at 36°C and lows at 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Mirissa Beach, Hikkaduwa Beach, Sea Turtle Hatchery, Bentota Beach
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, and finally stroll through Royal Botanical Gardens. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, take in the awesome beauty at Hanthana Mountain Range, and then identify plant and animal life at Udawattekele Sanctuary.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kandy trip itinerary maker tool .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Galle to Kandy in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

1
night
Ella

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, and then don't miss a visit to Demodara Nine Arch Bridge.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Ella trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Kandy to Ella takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November in Ella, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Dambulla.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

3
nights
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, then stop by Sigiriya Craft Village, and then don't miss a visit to Sigiriya World Heritage Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Golden Cave Temple, explore the fascinating underground world of The Golden Temple, then don't miss a visit to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, and finally explore and take pictures at Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium.

To see reviews and more tourist information, go to the Dambulla road trip website .

Traveling by car from Ella to Dambulla takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Sigiriya
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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 22nd (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Galle Face Green, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, then get engrossed in the history at Colombo National Museum, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Viharamahadevi Park. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Borella All Saints Church, don't miss a visit to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, and then kick back and relax at Negombo Beach.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Colombo online route planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Dambulla to Colombo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. In November, daytime highs in Colombo are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Negombo Beach
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

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