10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Colombo
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h
2
Kandy
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  1​h
3
Galle
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  3​h 30​min
4
Ella
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Arugam Bay
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Sigiriya
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: New Delhi

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 2nd (Tue): don't miss a visit to Independence Square.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Colombo online trip builder .

New Delhi, India to Colombo is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. Traveling from New Delhi in July, expect nights in Colombo to be about the same, around 31°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 37°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks Historic Sites Shopping
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Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara ©
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, then appreciate the history behind Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, then contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally explore the activities along Kandy Lake.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kandy trip website .

You can fly from Colombo to Kandy in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

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.
On the 5th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Japanese Peace Pagoda, enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, look for gifts at Lak Gems & Jewellery, then contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Pilgrims Lounge Chrishtopher Handicraft and Paint Gallery.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Galle tour itinerary site .

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. In July, daily temperatures in Galle can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ella.

Things to do in Galle

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trip

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

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.
On the 6th (Sat), explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, and then take in the views from Demodara Nine Arch Bridge.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Ella online journey builder .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Galle to Ella in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

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

1
night
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): look for gifts at Rice & Carry Bags Shop, explore the activities along Arugam Bay, then enjoy the sea views from Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kudumbigala Monastery.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Arugam Bay attractions planning tool .

You can drive from Ella to Arugam Bay in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. July in Arugam Bay sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Historic Sites Shopping Parks
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Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay

4
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sigiriya: Dambulla (Golden Temple of Dambulla & Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs). Spend the 10th (Wed) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Sigiriya, look for all kinds of wild species at Dhilip De Alwis, don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, and examine the collection at Sigiriya Museum.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Sigiriya trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Arugam Bay to Sigiriya takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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