10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka trip planner

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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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): steep yourself in history at kaludiya Pokuna.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Dambulla online trip itinerary maker.

Bengaluru, India to Dambulla is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side 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. On the 18th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do sightseeing your way with Sanjaya Tours Sri Lanka, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Habarana Buddhist Temple.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Sigiriya trip planner.

Sigiriya is very close to Dambulla. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · 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.
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, appreciate the history behind Polonnaruwa Vatadage, then steep yourself in history at Sathmahal Prasada, and finally explore the ancient world of King’s Council Chamber.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Polonnaruwa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Polonnaruwa takes 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.
On the 21st (Thu), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then enjoy the sand and surf at Nilaveli Beach, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Seruwila Mangala Raja Maha Vihara.

For maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Trincomalee trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Polonnaruwa to Trincomalee takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · 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.
On the 22nd (Fri), make a trip to Mihintale, admire the landmark architecture of Ruwanwelisaya, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, then explore the ancient world of Ranmasu Uyana, and finally explore the ancient world of Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate). On your second day here, explore the activities along Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond, then snap pictures at 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 more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Anuradhapura vacation builder.

You can drive from Trincomalee to Anuradhapura in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Wilpattu National Park.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Wilpattu National Park

— 2 nights
For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Wilpattu National Park journey builder.

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Wilpattu National Park in 1.5 hours. On the 25th (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Wilpattu National Park

Outdoors · Tours · 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.