11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Berlin
Fly:  16​h
1
Colombo
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h
2
Kandy
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  1​h
3
Galle
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
4
Nuwara Eliya
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Sigiriya
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Berlin

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.
On the 29th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old Kathiresan Temple, stroll around Galle Face Green, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Colombo National Museum, then explore the galleries of Ganeshism Studio Gallery, and then don't miss a visit to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Colombo online journey planner .

Berlin, Germany to Colombo is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to India Standard Time is 4 hours. In September in Colombo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): explore the activities along Kandy Lake, stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kandy trip planning app .

Getting from Colombo to Kandy by flight takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

1
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 2nd (Wed): make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda, stroll through Jungle Beach, then stop by Lak Gems & Jewellery, then steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, and finally view the masterpieces at Pilgrims Lounge Chrishtopher Handicraft and Paint Gallery.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Galle trip maker .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Galle takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. October in Galle sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Galle

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Unawatuna
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Japanese Peace Pagoda ©
Japanese Peace Pagoda

1
night
Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya ©
Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Hakgala Botanic Gardens, take in the dramatic scenery at Mohini falls, and then identify plant and animal life at Horton Plains National Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Nuwara Eliya route planner.

Getting from Galle to Nuwara Eliya by combination of flight and taxi takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Hakgala Botanic Gardens ©
Hakgala Botanic Gardens

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, and then take in the views from Demodara Nine Arch Bridge. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Ella Gem & Jewelry, then experience rural life at Amba Estate, then admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Ella trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Nuwara Eliya to Ella takes 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes

Side Trip

Amba Estate
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Ravana Ella Falls ©
Ravana Ella Falls

3
nights
Sigiriya

Sigiriya ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, view the masterpieces at Pethikada, and then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock and then explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Sigiriya trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Ella to Sigiriya takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Golden Temple of Dambulla, Minneriya National Park
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

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