10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Hyderabad
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Polonnaruwa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Trincomalee
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  5​h
5
Galle
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Hyderabad

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Kandy Brasswear Village and then make a trip to Royal Palace of Kandy.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kandy tour planner.

Hyderabad, India to Kandy is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of taxi and flight. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
World Buddhist Museum ©
World Buddhist Museum

1
night
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 22nd (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Kaudulla National Park. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Gal Vihara, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Polonnaruwa Archaeological Ruins, then steep yourself in history at Lankathilaka Image House, and finally appreciate the history behind Polonnaruwa Vatadage.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Polonnaruwa travel itinerary creator.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Polonnaruwa takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kaudulla National Park
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Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage
Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House
Kaudulla National Park ©
Kaudulla National Park

3
nights
Trincomalee

Trincomalee ©
A center of Tamil culture and language, Trincomalee suffered greatly during the 30-year civil war, but the troubles haven't dimmed the natural and cultural charms of the place.
On the 24th (Tue), stroll the grounds of Trincomalee War Cemetery, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then stroll through Nilaveli Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Hoods Tower Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Trincomalee Beach, and then stroll through Marble Beach.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Trincomalee vacation trip planner.

Traveling by car from Polonnaruwa to Trincomalee takes 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Nilaveli
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Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery
Marble Beach ©
Marble Beach

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 26th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Isurumuniya Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dagoba of Thuparama, then contemplate the waterfront views at Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna), and finally make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Anuradhapura itinerary maker.

You can drive from Trincomalee to Anuradhapura in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. On the 27th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Galle.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

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

2
nights
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 28th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Mary's Church, see the interesting displays at Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex, get a new perspective on nature at Maritime Archeology Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Church, then view the masterpieces at Tsunami Photo Museum, and finally examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mihiripenna Beach.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Galle custom trip planner.

Getting from Anuradhapura to Galle by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Galle

Museums Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Community Tsunami Museum, Tsunami Photo Museum
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Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Dutch Reformed Church ©
Dutch Reformed Church
Mihiripenna Beach ©
Mihiripenna Beach

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