10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + taxi:  15​h 15​min
1
Kandy
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
2
Unawatuna
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 15​min
3
Polonnaruwa
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Trincomalee
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Anuradhapura
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Sydney

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy War Cemetery, examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kandy trip itinerary website .

Sydney, Australia to Kandy is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Sydney to Kandy due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

2
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
On the 12th (Sun), kick back and relax at Ahungalla Beach, kick back and relax at Hikkaduwa Beach, then steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, and finally kick back and relax at Jungle Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Church, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirissa Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bentota Beach.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Unawatuna journey planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Unawatuna in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. April in Unawatuna sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Galle, Bentota Beach, Ahungalla Beach, Mirissa Beach, Hikkaduwa Beach
Highlights from your plan
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dutch Reformed Church ©
Dutch Reformed Church
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach

1
night
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
On the 14th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Hetadage, explore the ancient world of Polonnaruwa Vatadage, then contemplate the long history of Lankathilaka Image House, then make a trip to Gal Vihara, and finally make a trip to Polonnaruwa.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Polonnaruwa trip builder website .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Unawatuna to Polonnaruwa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

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

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 15th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Mamangam Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Koneswaram Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, then enjoy the sand and surf at Nilaveli Beach, and finally stroll the grounds of Trincomalee War Cemetery.

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Getting from Polonnaruwa to Trincomalee by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Anuradhapura.

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
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple ©
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple

4
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.
Sigiriya and Ruwanwelisaya are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi and Ritigala Forest Monastery. Step out of Anuradhapura with an excursion to Pidurangala Rock in Sigiriya--about 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Isurumuniya Temple, appreciate the history behind Samadhi Statue, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Mihintale.

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You can drive from Trincomalee to Anuradhapura in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sigiriya
Highlights from your plan
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Ritigala Forest Monastery ©
Ritigala Forest Monastery

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