10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Jeddah
Fly + Drive:  17 h 15 min
1
Kalkudah
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h
2
Trincomalee
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
3
Polonnaruwa
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
4
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  4 h 45 min
5
Hikkaduwa
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
6
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Hambantota
— 3 nights
Fly:  13 h
End: Jeddah

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day
Kalkudah

Kalkudah ©
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): stroll through Pasikudah Beach, then make a trip to Coconut Cultural Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Passikudah Beach.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kalkudah trip itinerary maker .

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Kalkudah is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Jeddah to Kalkudah due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Kalkudah

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Passikudah Beach ©
Passikudah Beach
Coconut Cultural Park ©
Coconut Cultural Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): kick back and relax at Nilaveli Beach, stroll the grounds of Trincomalee War Cemetery, see the interesting displays at Hoods Tower Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Koneswaram Temple, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Sri Lanka Navy Museum.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Trincomalee trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Kalkudah to Trincomalee takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Nilaveli Beach
Highlights from your plan
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery
Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple

1
night
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): delve into the distant past at King’s Council Chamber, delve into the distant past at Atadage, delve into the distant past at Polonnaruwa Vatadage, then don't miss a visit to Gal Vihara, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Polonnaruwa Archaeological Ruins, and finally steep yourself in history at Lankathilaka Image House.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Polonnaruwa online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Trincomalee to Polonnaruwa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
King’s Council Chamber ©
King’s Council Chamber
Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House
Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage

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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): make a trip to Isurumuniya Temple, delve into the distant past at Ranmasu Uyana, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Maha Boodhi Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba, and finally make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Anuradhapura trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Polonnaruwa to Anuradhapura by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba
Ranmasu Uyana ©
Ranmasu Uyana

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Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa ©
One of the most scenic beach resorts in Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa features a number of long white sand beaches with palm trees and gentle waves.
On the 3rd (Thu), take in the exciting artwork at Tsunami Photo Museum, make a trip to Tsunami Honganji Vihara, examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seenigama Muhudu Viharaya, then take in the exciting artwork at Saffron Robes Gallery and Studio, and finally identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle Farm.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Hikkaduwa trip planner.

Drive from Anuradhapura to Hikkaduwa in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or take a train. January in Hikkaduwa sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Uda Walawe National Park.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Tsunami Photo Museum, Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara
Highlights from your plan
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Seenigama Muhudu Viharaya ©
Seenigama Muhudu Viharaya
Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara ©
Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara

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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 4th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Udawalawa Safari and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Transit Home (ETH).

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Uda Walawe National Park itinerary planner.

Getting from Hikkaduwa to Uda Walawe National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hambantota.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)
Lakpura ©
Lakpura

3
nights
Hambantota

Hambantota ©
Hambantota is the main town in Hambantota District, Southern Province, Sri Lanka. On the 5th (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Bundala National Park. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Ussangoda National Park, then browse the exhibits of Indika Art Gallery, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kahandamodara Beach, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Hambantota trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Uda Walawe National Park to Hambantota takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. On the 7th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hambantota

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary, Indika Art Gallery, Bundala National Park, Ussangoda National Park, Kahandamodara Beach
Highlights from your plan
Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park
Kahandamodara Beach ©
Kahandamodara Beach
Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary ©
Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary

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