10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Jaffna
— 1 day
2
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
3
Polonnaruwa
— 1 night
4
Trincomalee
— 1 night
5
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
6
Rekawa
— 1 night
7
Hikkaduwa
— 3 nights

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Jaffna

Jaffna ©
A center of Tamil culture, the city of Jaffna remains in the process of rebuilding after suffering greatly during the civil war.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): hike along Kayts Causeway, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dambakola Patuna Sangamitta Temple, then explore the ancient world of Kantharodai Viharaya, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nallur Kovil.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Jaffna sightseeing site.

Bengaluru, India to Jaffna is an approximately 54-hour car ride. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Nallur Kovil ©
Nallur Kovil
Kantharodai Viharaya ©
Kantharodai Viharaya
Dambakola Patuna Sangamitta Temple ©
Dambakola Patuna Sangamitta Temple

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Isurumuniya Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, then admire the landmark architecture of Ruwanwelisaya, then appreciate the history behind Samadhi Statue, and finally make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Anuradhapura trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Jaffna to Anuradhapura in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba
Samadhi Statue ©
Samadhi Statue

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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 28th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Polonnaruwa, appreciate the history behind Polonnaruwa Vatadage, then don't miss a visit to Gal Vihara, and finally steep yourself in history at Lankathilaka Image House.

To find other places to visit and tourist information, refer to the Polonnaruwa holiday planner.

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Polonnaruwa in 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage
Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House
Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa

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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 29th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Nilaveli Beach, stroll the grounds of Trincomalee War Cemetery, examine the collection at Hoods Tower Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Koneswaram Temple, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Mary's Cathedral.

To find out how to plan a trip to Trincomalee, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Polonnaruwa to Trincomalee takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can go by car to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

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

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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 30th (Wed): take an exotic tour of Lakpura and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Transit Home (ETH).

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Udawalawe National Park trip planner.

Drive from Trincomalee to Udawalawe National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rekawa.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

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

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Rekawa

Rekawa ©
A small town with a laidback vibe squeezed between the ocean and the shores of a rich lagoon surrounded by mangroves, Rekawa draws visitors throughout the year with a pioneering turtle conservation project, the most notable tourist attraction in Rekawa.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Kahandamodara Beach, then stroll through Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary, then explore the ancient world of Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara, and finally explore the activities along Tangalle Lagoon.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Rekawa trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Udawalawe National Park to Rekawa in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can go by car to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Rekawa

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Tangalle, Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary, Kahandamodara Beach
Highlights from your plan
Tangalle Lagoon ©
Tangalle Lagoon
Kahandamodara Beach ©
Kahandamodara Beach
Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary ©
Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Ahungalla Beach, examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Church, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Hikkaduwa Beach. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax in the rural setting at Handunugoda Tea Estate and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mihiripenna Beach.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Hikkaduwa holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Rekawa to Hikkaduwa takes 2.5 hours. In January in Hikkaduwa, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 27°C at night. On the 3rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Galle, Ahungalla Beach, Handunugoda Tea Estate, Tsunami Photo Museum, Mihiripenna Beach
Highlights from your plan
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Mihiripenna Beach ©
Mihiripenna Beach

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