10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
+3
taxi + Fly + foot + bus:  22​h 45​min
1
Kandy
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Sigiriya
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h
3
Unawatuna
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Colombo
— 1 night
Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Johannesburg

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Kandy Lake. Escape the urban bustle at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and Millennium Elephant Foundation. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, take in the spiritual surroundings of Maha Vishnu Devalaya, identify plant and animal life at Udawattekele Sanctuary, and stop by Gamini Gem & Jewellery.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kandy vacation builder.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Kandy is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Johannesburg to Kandy is 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Millennium Elephant Foundation, Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Sigiriya World Heritage Site and then Head underground at The Golden Temple.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Sigiriya trip generator.

Drive from Kandy to Sigiriya in 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): kick back and relax at Unawatuna Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirissa Beach and then steep yourself in history at Galle Fort.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Unawatuna vacation trip planner.

Getting from Sigiriya to Unawatuna by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can go by car to Colombo.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Mirissa Beach, Galle Fort
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

1
night
Colombo

Colombo ©
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Negombo Beach, get engrossed in the history at Colombo National Museum, and then appreciate the history behind Independence Memorial Hall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Galle Face Green, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, then cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, and finally kick back and relax at Mount Lavinia Beach.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Colombo trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Unawatuna to Colombo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January in Colombo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Negombo Beach
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum

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