11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Dambulla — 2 nights

On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): view the masterpieces at Pethikada, don't miss a visit to Sigiriya Fortress, view the masterpieces at Sigiri Art Gallery, then don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then savor the flavors at Dambulla Dedicated Economic Centre, and then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Dambulla planning site.

London, UK to Dambulla is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Dambulla is 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.
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Ella — 2 nights

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 18th (Thu), snap pictures at Nine Arches Bridge, take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, and then view the masterpieces at I Love Ceylon Gallery.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Ella online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Dambulla to Ella by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train. In May, daily temperatures in Ella can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can drive to Arugam Bay.
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Arugam Bay — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Arugam Bay, soothe aching muscles at Wave Flow Yoga, and then look for gifts at Rice & Carry Bags Shop. On your second day here, make a trip to Muhudu Maha Vihara, explore the ancient world of Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, and then head outdoors with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Arugam Bay trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Ella to Arugam Bay in 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Mirissa.
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Mirissa — 2 nights

The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
On the 22nd (Mon), relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach. Keep things going the next day: have fun at Sithma Gems & Jewellery, steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, and then stop by Made In Ceylon.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Mirissa trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Arugam Bay to Mirissa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. In May, daytime highs in Mirissa are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to fly to Kandy.
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Kandy — 2 nights

Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
On the 24th (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, then make a trip to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Kundasale.

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Traveling by flight from Mirissa to Kandy takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Sri Lanka travel guide

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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.