10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Colombo
train:  2​h 15​min
1
Dambulla
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
2
Sigiriya
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Kandy
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Nuwara Eliya
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Ella
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
6
Yala National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Netolpitiya
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Mirissa
— 1 night
train:  45​min
9
Unawatuna
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
10
Hikkaduwa
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
11
Kosgoda
— Few hours
train:  1​h 30​min
12
Colombo
— Few hours
End: Colombo

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Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Avukana Buddha Statue, explore the historical opulence of Golden Cave Temple, and then Head underground at The Golden Temple. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Jathika Namal Uyana, then admire the natural beauty at Popham's Arboretum, and then look for gifts at Karu Arts & Crafts.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Dambulla vacation planner.

Colombo to Dambulla is an approximately 2.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Dambulla

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Avukana Buddha Statue, Karu Arts & Crafts
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Popham's Arboretum ©
Popham's Arboretum
Avukana Buddha Statue ©
Avukana Buddha Statue

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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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Habarana Buddhist Temple and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Sigiriya itinerary builder.

Sigiriya is just a stone's throw from Dambulla. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Habarana Buddhist Temple
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Kandy

Kandy
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kandy itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Kandy takes 2 hours. You'll set off for Nuwara Eliya on the 25th (Mon).

Things to do in Kandy

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya ©
Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
On the 26th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Moon Plains, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Church.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Nuwara Eliya holiday planner.

You can drive from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can drive to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Moon Plains ©
Moon Plains
Holy Trinity Church ©
Holy Trinity Church

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Ella

Ella ©
The relaxing hilltop village of Ella benefits from a more temperate climate than much of the rest of country thanks to its high elevation.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Ella trip builder.

You can drive from Nuwara Eliya to Ella in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature
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Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

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Yala National Park

Yala National Park ©
One of the most popular national parks in the country, Yala National Park boasts a wide variety of animals, and does important work in conserving and growing populations.
To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Yala National Park vacation trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ella to Yala National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Netolpitiya.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Lunugamvehera National Park
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Lunugamvehera National Park ©
Lunugamvehera National Park

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Netolpitiya

Netolpitiya ©
Most people take a trip to Netolpitiya to enjoy a classic beach holiday.
On the 29th (Fri), view the masterpieces at Indika Art Gallery and then stroll through Medilla Beach.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Netolpitiya trip itinerary maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yala National Park to Netolpitiya. In December, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Netolpitiya

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Tangalle
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Medilla Beach ©
Medilla Beach
Indika Art Gallery ©
Indika Art Gallery

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Mirissa

The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
On the 30th (Sat), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Polhena Beach.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Mirissa trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Netolpitiya to Mirissa in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can drive to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Polhena Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Polhena Beach ©
Polhena Beach

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Unawatuna

Unawatuna
For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Unawatuna itinerary builder.

You can drive from Mirissa to Unawatuna in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. On the 30th (Sat), you're off toHikkaduwa.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sun): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then stroll through Hikkaduwa Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Naga Viharaya, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seenigama Muhudu Viharaya.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Hikkaduwa travel itinerary creator.

Hikkaduwa is just a stone's throw from Unawatuna. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kosgoda.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Tsunami Photo Museum
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Seenigama Muhudu Viharaya ©
Seenigama Muhudu Viharaya
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach

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Kosgoda

Kosgoda ©
To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Kosgoda travel itinerary creator.

Kosgoda is just a short distance from Hikkaduwa. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can take a train to Colombo.

Things to do in Kosgoda

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Ahungalla Beach
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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.
To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Colombo trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Kosgoda to Colombo by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In January in Colombo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. You'll set off for home on the 1st (Mon).

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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