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
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 30​min
2
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Kandy
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Dambulla
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: New Delhi

3
nights
Galle

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galle: Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda, look for gifts at Embark, and kick back and relax at Jungle Beach.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Galle trip planner .

New Delhi, India to Galle is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi. On the 24th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Ella.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Mirissa
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

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 25th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, and then snap pictures at Demodara Nine Arch Bridge.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Ella trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Galle to Ella takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Ella

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

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kandy: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Millennium Elephant Foundation (in Kegalle). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kandy holiday builder tool .

Drive from Ella to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Millennium Elephant Foundation, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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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

1
night
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 1st (Thu): stop by Lanka Silks, then make a trip to Sigiriya World Heritage Site, and then don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Painting Conservation & Research Center, Painting Museum, then Head underground at The Golden Temple, and then explore the historical opulence of Golden Cave Temple.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Dambulla online trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Kandy to Dambulla in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Nature Parks

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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