10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Manama
Fly + taxi:  16​h 15​min
1
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Polonnaruwa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Kandy
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Manama

2
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Isurumuniya Temple and Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi. Do some cultural sightseeing at Jethawanaramaya Dagoba and Abhayagiri Dagoba. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Maha Boodhi Temple, get outside with Eth Pokuna, explore the activities along Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna), and make a trip to Isinbassagala.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Anuradhapura trip itinerary builder.

Manama, Bahrain to Anuradhapura is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Manama to Anuradhapura due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
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Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba
Abhayagiri Dagaba ©
Abhayagiri Dagaba

3
nights
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Sigiriya World Heritage Site and Polonnaruwa are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Hurulu Eco Park and Polonnaruwa Archaeological Ruins. Change things up with a short trip to The Golden Temple in Dambulla (about 1h 25 min away). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Polonnaruwa Vatadage, appreciate the history behind Gal Vihara, and contemplate the long history of Nishshanka Latha Mandapaya.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, use the Polonnaruwa vacation planner.

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Polonnaruwa in 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Golden Temple of Dambulla, Hurulu Eco Park, Sigiriya
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla

3
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.
Get some cultural insight at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Kandy Lake. Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Kandy view point. Step out of Kandy to go to Pinnawala and see Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: stroll the grounds of Commonwealth War Cemetery, identify plant and animal life at Udawattekele Sanctuary, see the interesting displays at Ceylon Tea Museum, and stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kandy trip builder.

Getting from Polonnaruwa to Kandy by car takes about 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery

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