10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka trip itinerary planner

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Fly to Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport, Drive to Wilpattu National Park
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Wilpattu National Park
— 1 day
Drive
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Anuradhapura
— 1 night
Drive
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Dambulla
— 1 night
Drive
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Sigiriya
— 1 night
Drive
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Polonnaruwa
— 1 night
Drive
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Ella
Drive
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Mirissa
— 1 night
Drive
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Galle
— 1 night
Fly
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Kandy
— 1 night
Fly

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Wilpattu National Park

— 1 day
To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Wilpattu National Park route planning site.

Rome, Italy to Wilpattu National Park is an approximately 21-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 4.5 hours traveling from Rome to Wilpattu National Park due to the time zone difference. You'll set off for Anuradhapura on the 6th (Sat).

Things to do in Wilpattu National Park

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Anuradhapura

— 1 night
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 7th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Ruwanwelisaya and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wilpattu National Park.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Anuradhapura day trip planning app.

You can drive from Wilpattu National Park to Anuradhapura in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

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 8th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Ederagala Wana Senasuna, make a trip to Dambulla Cave Temple, then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, and finally make a trip to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs.

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Dambulla tour planning tool.

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Dambulla in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Sigiriya

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park.

To find photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Sigiriya road trip planner.

Sigiriya is just a short distance from Dambulla. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Polonnaruwa

— 1 night
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): appreciate the history behind Polonnaruwa Vatadage and then get to know the fascinating history of Polonnaruwa.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Polonnaruwa trip builder site.

You can drive from Sigiriya to Polonnaruwa in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites

Ella

The relaxing hilltop village of Ella benefits from a more temperate climate than much of the rest of country thanks to its high elevation.
To see ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Ella trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Polonnaruwa to Ella by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and taxi; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. On the 10th (Wed), you're off to Mirissa.

Things to do in Ella

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Mirissa

— 1 night
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): look for gifts at LAZY.RIDE, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirissa Beach, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Mirissa trip app.

You can drive from Ella to Mirissa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In July in Mirissa, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Galle

— 1 night
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
On the 12th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara, stop by Stick No Bills Poster Gallery, then contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch Reformed Church.

Plan my day in Galle using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Mirissa to Galle in an hour. In July, daytime highs in Galle are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Shopping

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Royal Botanical Gardens.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kandy day trip website.

You can fly from Galle to Kandy in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

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.