11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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
bus:  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.
Negombo Fish Market has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): hunt for treasures at Negombo Fish Market.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Negombo trip maker tool .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Negombo is an approximately 5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time to India Standard Time is minus 2 hours. January in Negombo sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 26°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Dambulla.

Things to do in Negombo

Shopping

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. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): admire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya and then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Dambulla itinerary tool .

Getting from Negombo to Dambulla by combination of flight and taxi takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train. On the 20th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa, Ruwanwelisaya
Highlights from your plan
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. On the 20th (Mon), add some entertainment to your itinerary with Kandy Lake Club - Cultural Dance Show.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Kandy trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Dambulla to Kandy in 2.5 hours. On the 21st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Ella.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Shopping Parks
Highlights from your plan
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake
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.
For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Ella holiday planning website .

You can drive from Kandy to Ella in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Buduruwagala
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch 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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiri Vehera.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Yala National Park trip planning app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ella to Yala National Park. January in Yala National Park sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. 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:
Highlights from your plan
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 up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle Conservation Project (Koggala), and then kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Mirissa attractions planning site .

Getting from Yala National Park to Mirissa by bus takes about 5.5 hours. In January in Mirissa, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery ©
Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery

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night
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Galle Fort and then enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach.

For where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Galle online day trip planner .

You can drive from Mirissa to Galle in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. January in Galle sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow time for the train ride to Colombo.

Things to do in Galle

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Jungle Beach
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
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): examine the collection at Colombo National Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, then walk around Galle Face Green, and finally buy something for everyone on your list 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.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Colombo trip planner .

Traveling by train from Galle to Colombo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Colombo are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

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

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