10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport, Drive to Rekawa
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Rekawa
— 1 night
Drive
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Hikkaduwa
— 2 nights
Fly
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Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Anuradhapura
— 1 night
Drive
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Dambulla
— 3 nights
Taxi to Colombo, Fly to Mumbai

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Rekawa

— 1 night
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 6th (Tue): kick back and relax at Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa), then contemplate the waterfront views at Tangalle Lagoon, then view the masterpieces at Indika Art Gallery, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Kahandamodara Beach.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Rekawa planning app.

Mumbai, India to Rekawa is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Mumbai in November: highs in Rekawa hover around 35°C, while lows dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Rekawa

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Protection Association, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project, then examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum, and finally explore the galleries of Tsunami Photo Museum. On the next day, stop by Lihiniya Gems, then look for gifts at Cara Jewellers, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Hikkaduwa road trip planning website.

You can drive from Rekawa to Hikkaduwa in 2.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Hikkaduwa can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Wildlife · Parks · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

Kandy

— 2 nights
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 9th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Ceylon Tea Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and finally stop by Jayamali Batiks Studio. On the next day, stop by Kandy City Center, stroll through Udawattekele Sanctuary, then appreciate the history behind Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy War Cemetery.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kandy trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Hikkaduwa to Kandy takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Wildlife

Anuradhapura

— 1 night
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 11th (Sun): make a trip to Isurumuniya Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahamevnawa Dhammachethiya Buddhist Monastery Anuradhapura, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ruwanwelisaya, and finally don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Anuradhapura trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Kandy to Anuradhapura by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites

Dambulla

— 3 nights
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Step off the beaten path and head to Archaeological Museum and Pethikada. Do some cultural sightseeing at Golden Temple of Dambulla and Sigiriya Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Dambulla side-trips: Karu Arts & Crafts (in Naula), Kaudulla National Park (in Habarana) and Lanka Silks (in Sigiriya). Spend the 14th (Wed) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Dambulla road trip planner.

Drive from Anuradhapura to Dambulla in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dambulla

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Sri Lanka travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Nature & Parks
India's Teardrop
Shaped like a teardrop and located just below the southern tip of India, lush Sri Lanka boasts some of the greatest biodiversity in the world. Unless you time your Sri Lanka holiday for monsoon season, you can expect bright blue skies and plenty of sunshine, perfect for exploring tropical forests, historic temples, colonial forts, and many other buildings dating back to Dutch rule. Popular things to do in Sri Lanka include swimming, sailing, and surfing, though a growing number of visitors come here just to eat their way around the country. Greatly influenced by nearby India, the national cuisine also features many elements of European cooking--a result of the Dutch and Portuguese colonial years. Of course, a trip to Sri Lanka would not be complete without a cup of its world-famous Ceylon tea.