10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Colombo
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  45 min
1
Negombo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Sigiriya
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Galle
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Bentota
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Colombo
— 1 night
End: Colombo

2
nights
Negombo

Located close to the international airport, Negombo has a reputation for being either the first or last taste of the country for visitors.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then enjoy the sand and surf at Negombo Beach, and then stroll through Muthurajawela Marsh.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Negombo tour planning website .

Colombo to Negombo is an approximately 1-hour combination of taxi and flight. You can also take a bus; or drive. In February, daily temperatures in Negombo can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Negombo

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach

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 20th (Thu): make a trip to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, then browse the exhibits of Pethikada, and then don't miss a visit to Sigiriya.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Sigiriya trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Negombo to Sigiriya takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock
Sigiriya Museum ©
Sigiriya Museum

2
nights
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 22nd (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then explore the activities along Kandy Lake, then make a trip to Kandy view point, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens.

For maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kandy itinerary website .

Getting from Sigiriya to Kandy by car takes about 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Galle.

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

1
night
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Jungle Beach, steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, and then view the masterpieces at Pilgrims Lounge Chrishtopher Handicraft and Paint Gallery.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Galle trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Kandy to Galle by combination of flight and taxi takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In February in Galle, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Bentota.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mirissa Beach, Jungle Beach
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort

2
nights
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Hatchery.

Before you visit Bentota, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Galle to Bentota takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in February, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Colombo.

Things to do in Bentota

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Sea Turtle Hatchery
Highlights from your plan
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Sea Turtle Protection Association ©
Sea Turtle Protection Association
Sea Turtle Hatchery ©
Sea Turtle Hatchery

1
night
Colombo

Colombo ©
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Colombo National Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Lavinia Beach, and then have some family-friendly fun at Soapy Island. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Galle Face Green, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

Plan trip to Colombo with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Take a train from Bentota to Colombo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in February, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Mount Lavinia Beach ©
Mount Lavinia Beach
Safaris
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple

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