11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka journey planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Galle
— 1 night
Drive
2
Ella
— 1 night
Drive
3
Arugam Bay
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive
5
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
Drive
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Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Taxi to Habarana, Train to Colombo
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Colombo
— 1 night
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Galle

— 1 night
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): get some fabulous bargains at Sooriya Weaving, then enjoy the sand and surf at Dalawella Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mihiripenna Beach.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Galle road trip planner.

Amman, Jordan to Galle is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to India Standard Time (IST) is 3.5 hours. Traveling from Amman in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Galle, with lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Galle

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 12 — 13:

Ella

— 1 night
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 14th (Tue), take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden, and then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Ella online route planner.

Drive from Galle to Ella in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Classes
Find places to stay Jun 13 — 14:

Arugam Bay

— 3 nights
Visiting Arugam Bay and Nature & Wildlife Tours will get you outdoors.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Arugam Bay online travel planner.

You can drive from Ella to Arugam Bay in 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Nature
Find places to stay Jun 14 — 17:

Kandy

— 1 night
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 18th (Sat): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and then make a trip to Royal Botanical Gardens.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kandy online route maker.

You can drive from Arugam Bay to Kandy in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Spas · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 17 — 18:

Anuradhapura

— 1 night
Explore the well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sri Lankan civilization and its former capital at Anuradhapura, a World Heritage Site and erstwhile center of Theravada Buddhism set amidst peaceful green parks.
On the 19th (Sun), head outdoors with Eth Pokuna and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mihintale.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Anuradhapura road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Anuradhapura takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and train; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 18 — 19:

Sigiriya

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada, then don't miss a visit to Sigiriya Fortress, and then see Off-Road Tours.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Sigiriya tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Sigiriya takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 19 — 21:

Colombo

— 1 night
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 (Wed), slough off your stress at Kemara.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Colombo online trip maker.

Traveling by combination of taxi and train from Sigiriya to Colombo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Colombo can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Baths · Spas
Find places to stay Jun 21 — 22:
Highlights from your trip

Sri Lanka travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Nature & Parks
India's Teardrop
Shaped like a teardrop and located just below the southern tip of India, lush Sri Lanka boasts some of the greatest biodiversity in the world. Unless you time your Sri Lanka holiday for monsoon season, you can expect bright blue skies and plenty of sunshine, perfect for exploring tropical forests, historic temples, colonial forts, and many other buildings dating back to Dutch rule. Popular things to do in Sri Lanka include swimming, sailing, and surfing, though a growing number of visitors come here just to eat their way around the country. Greatly influenced by nearby India, the national cuisine also features many elements of European cooking--a result of the Dutch and Portuguese colonial years. Of course, a trip to Sri Lanka would not be complete without a cup of its world-famous Ceylon tea.