11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru
Fly + Taxi:  5 h
1
Galle
— 4 nights
Fly + Taxi:  3 h 30 min
2
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Kandy
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h
4
Colombo
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h
End: Bengaluru

4
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Get out of town with these interesting Galle side-trips: Bentota Beach (in Bentota), Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching) and Hikkaduwa (Hikkaduwa Beach, Community Tsunami Museum, & more). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, take in the spiritual surroundings of Unawatuna Devol Devalaya, kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, and look for gifts at Lak Gems & Jewellery.

To find out how to plan a trip to Galle, use our trip itinerary maker.

Bengaluru, India to Galle is an approximately 5-hour flight. Traveling from Bengaluru in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Galle: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Ella.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna, Mirissa, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery, Bentota Beach
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
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 29th (Sun): learn more about the world around you at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, then take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Demodara Nine Arch Bridge and then take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls.

For traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Ella online trip builder .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Galle to Ella in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Ella

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

3
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kandy: Matale (Sri Muthumariamman Temple & Euphoria Spice and Herbal) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, stroll through Knuckles Forest Reserve, and get curious at Natural Gems and Gemmological Museum.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kandy sightseeing tool .

Getting from Ella to Kandy by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Matale, Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Knuckles Forest Reserve
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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
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): see the interesting displays at Colombo National Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, then stroll around Galle Face Green, and finally look for gifts at Salie's Fine Jewelry & Gem Stones.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Colombo trip planning site .

Getting from Kandy to Colombo by flight takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. January in Colombo sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Museums Shopping Parks
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Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

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