10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka trip planner

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Drive
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Hikkaduwa
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Kitulgala
— 1 night
Drive
3
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive
4
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Polonnaruwa
— 1 night
Taxi to Habarana, Train to Colombo
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Colombo
— 2 nights

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nights
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Galle Fort and Unawatuna Devol Devalaya. Head to Tsunami Photo Museum and Cara Jewellersfor some retail therapy. When in Hikkaduwa, make a side trip to see Jungle Beach in Unawatuna, approximately Unawatuna away. There's lots more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Saffron Robes, tour the pleasant surroundings at Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naga Viharaya.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Hikkaduwa trip planning app.

Colombo to Hikkaduwa is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. August in Hikkaduwa sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kitulgala.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Beaches

Side Trips

1
night
Kitulgala

Kitulgala is a small town in the west of Sri Lanka. On the 23rd (Sun), take a peaceful walk through Makandawa Forest Reserve and then admire the sheer force of Aberdeen Falls.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kitulgala sightseeing planner.

Drive from Hikkaduwa to Kitulgala in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Kitulgala

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

1
night
Kandy

Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
On the 24th (Mon), take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, then stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kandy sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Kitulgala to Kandy takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, explore the ancient world of Sigiriya Fortress, then view the masterpieces at Pethikada, and finally make a trip to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs. Keep things going the next day: pick up some local products at Dambulla Dedicated Economic Centre, stop by Karu Arts & Crafts, and then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Sigiriya trip builder app.

You can drive from Kandy to Sigiriya in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

1
night
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 27th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Dalada Maluwa, get to know the fascinating history of Polonnaruwa, and then pause for some photo ops at Gal Vihara.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Polonnaruwa online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Polonnaruwa takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites

2
nights
Colombo

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
On the 28th (Fri), browse the different shops at Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct and then walk around Galle Face Green. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Borella All Saints Church, take in the exciting artwork at Ganeshism Studio Gallery, then hunt for treasures at Pettah, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, and finally stop by Lakarcade.

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Getting from Polonnaruwa to Colombo by combination of taxi and train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

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.