10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka attractions planner

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Make it your trip
Fly to Colombo, Taxi to Dambulla
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Dambulla
— 1 night
Drive
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Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Drive
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Polonnaruwa
— 1 night
Drive
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Trincomalee
— 1 night
Drive
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Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
Drive
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Wilpattu National Park
— 2 nights
Drive to Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport, Fly to Kempegowda International Airport

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Dambulla

— 1 night
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Dambulla sightseeing site.

Bengaluru, India to Dambulla is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and taxi. On the 17th (Sun), you're off to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Dambulla

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Sigiriya

— 2 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.
Sanjaya Tours Sri Lanka has been added to your itinerary. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Sanjaya Tours Sri Lanka, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Habarana Buddhist Temple.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Sigiriya travel planner.

Sigiriya is very close to Dambulla. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa

— 1 night
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Polonnaruwa, steep yourself in history at Thivanka Image House, steep yourself in history at Nishshanka Latha Mandapaya, pause for some photo ops at Polonnaruwa Vatadage, then steep yourself in history at Sathmahal Prasada, and finally delve into the distant past at King’s Council Chamber.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Polonnaruwa vacation builder tool.

Drive from Sigiriya to Polonnaruwa in 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can go by car to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites

Trincomalee

— 1 night
A center of Tamil culture and language, Trincomalee suffered greatly during the 30-year civil war, but the troubles haven't dimmed the natural and cultural charms of the place.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stroll through Nilaveli Beach, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Seruwila Mangala Raja Maha Vihara.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Trincomalee road trip app.

Drive from Polonnaruwa to Trincomalee in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Anuradhapura

— 2 nights
Explore the well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sri Lankan civilization and its former capital at Anuradhapura, a World Heritage Site and erstwhile center of Theravada Buddhism set amidst peaceful green parks.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): make a trip to Mihintale, admire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, then delve into the distant past at Ranmasu Uyana, and finally explore the ancient world of Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond, then take in the views from Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya, then don't miss a visit to Mirisaveti Stupa, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Isurumuniya Temple.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Anuradhapura day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Trincomalee to Anuradhapura takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Wilpattu National Park.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Wilpattu National Park

— 2 nights
For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Wilpattu National Park trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Wilpattu National Park takes 1.5 hours. On the 25th (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Wilpattu National Park

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

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.