10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Nagpur
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Colombo
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
2
Ella
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Galle
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 15​min
4
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Dambulla
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  16​h
End: Nagpur

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Negombo Beach and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the history behind Independence Memorial Hall, then wander the streets of Independence Square, then kick back and relax at Mount Lavinia Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Galle Face Green.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Colombo trip planner.

Nagpur, India to Colombo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Nagpur in February since evenings lows in Colombo dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Ella.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Negombo Beach
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

2
nights
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 6th (Tue): snap pictures at Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, and then admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls. On the 7th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak.

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Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Colombo to Ella takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge
Ravana Ella Falls ©
Ravana Ella Falls

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nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort and then kick back and relax at Jungle Beach.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Galle road trip app .

You can drive from Ella to Galle in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

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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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, examine the collection at National Museum Kandy, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kandy road trip website .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Galle to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

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nights
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): explore the fascinating underground world of The Golden Temple, then stop by Lanka Silks, and then make a trip to Sigiriya World Heritage Site. On the next day, admire all the interesting features of Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, then step into the grandiose world of Golden Cave Temple, then examine the collection at Pethikada, and finally make a trip to Pidurangala Rock.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Dambulla road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Kandy to Dambulla takes 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Sigiriya
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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