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 + Taxi:  2 h 15 min
1
Sigiriya
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Kandy
— 1 night
Fly:  1 h 30 min
3
Yala National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
4
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
5
Mirissa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Bentota
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
End: Colombo

1
night
Sigiriya

Sigiriya ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): stroll through Dhilip De Alwis, then don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, and then delve into the distant past at Sigiriya.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Sigiriya day trip site .

Colombo to Sigiriya is an approximately 2.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Dhilip De Alwis
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Dhilip De Alwis ©
Dhilip De Alwis
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): don't miss a visit to Royal Botanical Gardens, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kandy trip website .

You can drive from Sigiriya to Kandy in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

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night
Yala National Park

Yala National Park ©
One of the most popular national parks in the country, Yala National Park boasts a wide variety of animals, and does important work in conserving and growing populations.
On the 24th (Tue), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Yala National Park trip planner .

You can fly from Kandy to Yala National Park in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. In December in Yala National Park, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Parks Nature
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park

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night
Udawalawe National Park

Udawalawe National Park
One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Udawalawe National Park trip planning site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yala National Park to Udawalawe National Park. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

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nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
On the 26th (Thu), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Matara Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, and then steep yourself in history at Galle Fort.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Mirissa trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Udawalawe National Park to Mirissa takes 3.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Bentota.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Galle Fort, Jungle Beach, Matara Beach
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort

2
nights
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Visiting Bentota Beach and Hikkaduwa Beach will get you outdoors. Your inner history buff will appreciate Kande Viharaya Temple and Kowilawatta Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Bentota: Sinharaja Forest Reserve (in Galle) and Saffron Robes Gallery and Studio (in Hikkaduwa). There's more to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and stroll through Sea Turtle Protection Association.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Bentota travel route builder website .

Drive from Mirissa to Bentota in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December in Bentota, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Bentota

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Sinharaja Forest Reserve, Kowilawatta Temple, Kande Viharaya Temple
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Sinharaja Forest Reserve ©
Sinharaja Forest Reserve
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach

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