10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka Trip Planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Colombo
Drive
2
Dambulla
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive
4
Ella
— 1 night
Drive
5
Nuwara Eliya
— 1 night
Drive
6
Bentota
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Colombo
— 1 night
Fly

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Colombo

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Colombo trip tool.

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Colombo is an approximately 9-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Arabian Standard Time to India Standard Time is 2.5 hours. While traveling from Kuwait City, expect colder days and about the same nights in Colombo, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 30°C. You'll set off for Dambulla on the 13th (Fri).

Things to do in Colombo

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Transportation

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Golden Temple of Dambulla. On the 13th (Fri), stroll through Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, then see the interesting displays at Sigiriya Museum, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Gal Vihara, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Polonnaruwa, then appreciate the history behind Polonnaruwa Vatadage, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Habarana Buddhist Temple.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Dambulla online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Colombo to Dambulla takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Kandy

— 1 night
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
On the 15th (Sun), make a trip to Kandy view point, take in the spiritual surroundings of Asgiri Maha Vihara pirivena, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace of Kandy, and finally appreciate the history behind Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kandy trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Dambulla to Kandy by car takes about 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites

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.
Little Adam's Peak has been added to your itinerary. On the 16th (Mon), explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Ella online day trip planner.

Getting from Kandy to Ella by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature

Nuwara Eliya

— 1 night

Little England

Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): experience rural life at Bluefield Tea Gardens, contemplate the waterfront views at Gregory Lake, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sita Temple.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Nuwara Eliya trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ella to Nuwara Eliya takes 2 hours. On the 18th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Bentota.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bentota

— 2 nights
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
On the 18th (Wed), kick back and relax at Bentota Beach.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Bentota trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Nuwara Eliya to Bentota in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. In September, daily temperatures in Bentota can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. On the 20th (Fri), you'll travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Bentota

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
Highlights from your trip

Colombo

— 1 night
Your day by day itinerary now includes Seema Malakaya Temple, Temple of Sri Kailawasanathan Swami Devasthanam Kovil and Colombo Fort. Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Colombo Fort, ponder the world of politics at Old Parliament Building, don't miss a visit to Temple of Sri Kailawasanathan Swami Devasthanam Kovil, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Seema Malakaya Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Independence Square.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Colombo trip site.

You can drive from Bentota to Colombo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. On the 21st (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Historic Sites

Sri Lanka travel guide

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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.