11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  5 h
1
Negombo
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Dambulla
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
4
Ella
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
5
Yala National Park
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  5 h 30 min
6
Mirissa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
7
Galle
— 1 night
Train:  2 h
8
Colombo
— 1 night
Fly:  7 h 15 min
End: Kuala Lumpur

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Negombo Fish Market. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): hunt for treasures at Negombo Fish Market.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Negombo online attractions planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Negombo is an approximately 5- hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2.5 hours traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Negombo. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Sun) before leaving for Dambulla.

Things to do in Negombo

Shopping
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Negombo Fish Market ©
Negombo Fish Market

1
night
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ruwanwelisaya as well as Polonnaruwa. On the 19th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Ruwanwelisaya and then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Dambulla day trip planning site.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Negombo to Dambulla in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Kandy.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Ruwanwelisaya, Polonnaruwa
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya

1
night
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, Kandy Lake and Kandy Lake Club - Cultural Dance Show. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): enjoy some music at Kandy Lake Club - Cultural Dance Show.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kandy driving holiday planner.

Getting from Dambulla to Kandy by car takes about 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Shopping Nightlife
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake
Kandy Lake Club - Cultural Dance Show ©
Kandy Lake Club - Cultural Dance Show

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.
To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Ella online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Ella takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Buduruwagala
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge
Ravana Ella Falls ©
Ravana Ella Falls

1
night
Yala National Park

One of the most popular national parks in the country, Yala National Park boasts a wide variety of animals, and does important work in conserving and growing populations.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): take an exotic tour of a safari tour and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiri Vehera.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Yala National Park trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Ella to Yala National Park in 3.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time for travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Kiri Vehera
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 23:
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Safaris
Kiri Vehera ©
Kiri Vehera

2
nights
Mirissa

The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): get outside with Outdoor Activities, then stroll through Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Mirissa trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Yala National Park to Mirissa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 27°C. On the 25th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Galle.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery ©
Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery

1
night
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
On the 25th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Galle Fort and then enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Galle journey builder app.

Traveling by car from Mirissa to Galle takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January in Galle, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 27°C at night. On the 26th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Colombo.

Things to do in Galle

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Jungle Beach
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 26:
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

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 Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque as well as Pettah. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): 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 browse the different shops at Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the eclectic array of goods at Pettah and then make a trip to Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Colombo itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Galle to Colombo in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Colombo can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct ©
Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum

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