10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Colombo
Fly:  1 h
1
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Anuradhapura
— 3 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  3 h
3
Tissamaharama
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h 30 min
4
Unawatuna
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
End: Colombo

1
night
Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
On the 11th (Wed), stroll the grounds of Kandy War Cemetery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and then examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, and finally look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kandy travel planning tool .

Colombo to Kandy is an approximately 1-hour flight. You can also do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Anuradhapura.

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

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi and Jethawanaramaya Dagoba. Get a sense of the local culture at Isurumuniya Temple and Ruwanwelisaya. Get out of town with these interesting Anuradhapura side-trips: Sigiriya (Pidurangala Rock & Sigiriya). It doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Ritigala Forest Monastery.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Anuradhapura online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Kandy to Anuradhapura takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sigiriya
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Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Ritigala Forest Monastery ©
Ritigala Forest Monastery
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya

2
nights
Tissamaharama

Tissamaharama ©
Tourism in Tissamaharama revolves around the town's vast historic and cultural heritage, with the surroundings of scenic paddy fields adding to the ambiance.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiri Vehera, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kataragama Temple, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara and then explore the striking landscape of Bundala National Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Tissamaharama trip maker website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Anuradhapura to Tissamaharama in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in March, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kataragama, Bundala National Park
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Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park
Kataragama Temple ©
Kataragama Temple
Safaris

3
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Palm-fringed beaches with golden sand, turquoise water, and a colorful coral reef are enough to draw any beachgoer to Unawatuna, but there's plenty to do off the beach here as well.
Get in touch with nature at Ahungalla Beach and Jungle Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Beruwala Beach and Community Tsunami Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Unawatuna: Bentota Beach (in Bentota), Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa) and Mirissa Beach (in Mirissa).

To find maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Unawatuna trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Tissamaharama to Unawatuna takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in March, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can catch the train back home.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Galle Fort, Mirissa Beach, Ahungalla Beach, Bentota Beach
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Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Beruwala Beach ©
Beruwala Beach
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

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