10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  9​h
1
Galle
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Kandy
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Polonnaruwa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Sigiriya
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h
End: New Delhi

2
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Mary's Church, see the interesting displays at Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex, kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, then browse the exhibits of Tsunami Photo Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Community Tsunami Museum.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Galle custom trip planner.

New Delhi, India to Galle is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Community Tsunami Museum, Tsunami Photo Museum, Jungle Beach
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Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): examine the collection at Ceylon Tea Museum, see the interesting displays at World Buddhist Museum, steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and finally make a trip to Kandy view point. On your second day here, look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, examine the collection at Kandy Brasswear Village, then look for all kinds of wild species at Udawattekele Sanctuary, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Commonwealth War Cemetery.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kandy trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Galle to Kandy in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Kandy

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

1
night
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.
On the 7th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Maha Boodhi Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dagoba of Thuparama, then make a trip to Isurumuniya Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Anuradhapura vacation trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Anuradhapura takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Isurumuniya Temple ©
Isurumuniya Temple
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba

2
nights
Polonnaruwa

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 9th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Polonnaruwa, then delve into the distant past at Polonnaruwa Archaeological Ruins, then steep yourself in history at Lankathilaka Image House, and finally explore the ancient world of Polonnaruwa Vatadage.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Polonnaruwa sightseeing planner.

Drive from Anuradhapura to Polonnaruwa in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites
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Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage
Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House
Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa

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.
On the 10th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Pethikada, examine the collection at Sigiriya Museum, and then don't miss a visit to Sigiriya World Heritage Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of The Golden Temple and then explore the historical opulence of Golden Cave Temple.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Sigiriya trip builder.

Traveling by car from Polonnaruwa to Sigiriya takes 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya Museum ©
Sigiriya Museum

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