10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Colombo
Train + Taxi:  2 h 15 min
1
Polonnaruwa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Trincomalee
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
3
Jaffna
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Anuradhapura
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Kandy
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h
End: Colombo

2
nights
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Get some cultural insight at Lankathilaka Image House and Polonnaruwa Vatadage. Your inner history buff will appreciate Sigiriya and Dambulla Cave Temple. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum, pause for some photo ops at Gal Vihara, explore the ancient world of Siva Devalaya (No 1), and don't miss a visit to Thuparama.

To see reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Polonnaruwa trip itinerary planning site .

Colombo to Polonnaruwa is an approximately 2.5-hour combination of train and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Dambulla Cave Temple
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House
Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage

1
night
Trincomalee

Trincomalee ©
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 14th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, and then stroll the grounds of Trincomalee War Cemetery.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Trincomalee itinerary planner.

Drive from Polonnaruwa to Trincomalee in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Jaffna.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Historic Sites
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Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple ©
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple

1
night
Jaffna

Jaffna ©
A center of Tamil culture, the city of Jaffna remains in the process of rebuilding after suffering greatly during the civil war.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Jaffna Fort, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kadurugoda Buddhist Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nallur Kovil.

To find where to stay, photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, read our Jaffna online holiday planner .

Getting from Trincomalee to Jaffna by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Nallur Kovil ©
Nallur Kovil
Jaffna Fort ©
Jaffna Fort
Kadurugoda Buddhist Temple ©
Kadurugoda Buddhist Temple

3
nights
Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura ©
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.
Get some historical perspective at Isurumuniya Temple and Mihintale. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ritigala Forest Monastery and Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, snap pictures at Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya, delve into the distant past at Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate), and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ruwanwelisaya.

To see photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Anuradhapura driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Jaffna to Anuradhapura takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Isurumuniya Temple ©
Isurumuniya Temple
Ritigala Forest Monastery ©
Ritigala Forest Monastery
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba

2
nights
Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): explore the activities along Kandy Lake, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and then don't miss a visit to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, then stroll the grounds of Kandy War Cemetery, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kandy tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Kandy takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

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