10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka trip maker

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Kandy
— 1 day
Fly
2
Unawatuna
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Ella
— 1 night
Drive
4
Arugam Bay
— 1 night
Drive
5
Sigiriya
— 3 nights
Taxi to Colombo, Fly to Malta

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Kandy

— 1 day
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 17th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, then make a trip to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and finally explore the activities along Kandy Lake.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Kandy online travel route planner.

Valletta, Malta to Kandy is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Valletta to Kandy is 4.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Unawatuna

— 2 nights
Palm-fringed beaches with golden sand, turquoise water, and a colorful coral reef are enough to draw any beachgoer to Unawatuna, but there's plenty to do off the beach here as well.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then stroll through Mirissa Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, explore the galleries of Pilgrims Lounge Chrishtopher Handicraft and Paint Gallery, then make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda, and finally kick back and relax at Jungle Beach.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Unawatuna day trip site.

You can fly from Kandy to Unawatuna in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In September in Unawatuna, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Ella

— 1 night
The relaxing hilltop village of Ella benefits from a more temperate climate than much of the rest of country thanks to its high elevation.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): make a trip to Nine Arches Bridge, then take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Ella online trip planner.

You can drive from Unawatuna to Ella in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Nature · Parks

Arugam Bay

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kudumbigala Monastery, contemplate the waterfront views at Arugam Bay, and then look for gifts at Rice & Carry Bags Shop.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Arugam Bay online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Ella to Arugam Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Historic Sites · Shopping · Beaches · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Sigiriya

— 3 nights
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Golden Temple of Dambulla in Dambulla (about 1h 5 min away). Spend the 24th (Tue) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Sigiriya Fortress, catch a live event at Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, and stop by Lanka Silks.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Sigiriya trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Arugam Bay to Sigiriya in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Sri Lanka travel guide

4.2
Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Nature & Parks
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.