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:  10​h 15​min
1
Mirissa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Netolpitiya
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Polonnaruwa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Sigiriya
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h
End: New Delhi

1
night
Mirissa

Mirissa
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): meet the residents at Snake Farm and then race across the water with a speed boat tour.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Mirissa road trip planning website .

New Delhi, India to Mirissa is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Netolpitiya.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Tours Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Snake Farm
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2
nights
Netolpitiya

Netolpitiya ©
Most people take a trip to Netolpitiya to enjoy a classic beach holiday.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): stroll through Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara, and then view the masterpieces at Indika Art Gallery.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Netolpitiya travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Mirissa to Netolpitiya in 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Netolpitiya are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Netolpitiya

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Tangalle
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Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) ©
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara ©
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara
Indika Art Gallery ©
Indika Art Gallery

1
night
Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
On the 13th (Sat), contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and then get engrossed in the history at Raja Museum.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Kandy travel planner.

You can drive from Netolpitiya to Kandy in 6 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

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

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Maha Boodhi Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Isurumuniya Temple, then appreciate the history behind Samadhi Statue, and finally pause for some photo ops at Abhayagiri Dagoba. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba, explore the activities along Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna), and then make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Anuradhapura vacation maker .

You can drive from Kandy to Anuradhapura in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can go by car to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

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

2
nights
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 17th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Polonnaruwa Vatadage, then admire the striking features of Polonnaruwa Archaeological Ruins, then pause for some photo ops at Gal Vihara, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Polonnaruwa.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Polonnaruwa trip site .

Drive from Anuradhapura to Polonnaruwa in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites
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Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage
Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa
Gal Vihara ©
Gal Vihara

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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 18th (Thu): explore the fascinating underground world of The Golden Temple, then look for gifts at Lanka Silks, and then make a trip to Sigiriya World Heritage Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Fri): make a trip to Pidurangala Rock and then look for all kinds of wild species at Hurulu Eco Park.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Sigiriya itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Polonnaruwa to Sigiriya in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Golden Temple of Dambulla, Hurulu Eco Park
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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