10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Anuradhapura
— 1 night
2
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
3
Ella
— 1 night
4
Arugam Bay
— 1 night
5
Kandy
— 3 nights

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi and then admire the engineering at Tissa Wewa. On your second day here, admire the landmark architecture of Ruwanwelisaya, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mihintale, and then make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Anuradhapura trip itinerary app.

Dublin, Ireland to Anuradhapura is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to India Standard Time is 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites · Parks
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Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi

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nights
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 30th (Thu): browse the fresh offerings at Dambulla Dedicated Economic Centre, make a trip to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, and finally go for a walk through Menikdena Archaeological Reserve and Arboretum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, then explore the galleries of Pethikada, and then don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Sigiriya tour itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Sigiriya in 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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

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night
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.
On the 1st (Sat), push the limits with an extreme tour, then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, then take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge, and finally view the masterpieces at I Love Ceylon Gallery.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Ella day trip planner.

You can drive from Sigiriya to Ella in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In July, daily temperatures in Ella can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Tours · Outdoors · Nature
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, explore the activities along Arugam Bay, then explore the ancient world of Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, and finally explore the activities along Pottuvil Lagoon.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Arugam Bay trip site.

Traveling by car from Ella to Arugam Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Nature · Parks · Spas
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Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Spas
Pottuvil Lagoon ©
Pottuvil Lagoon

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and finally stroll through Knuckles Forest Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asgiri Maha Vihara pirivena.

For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kandy online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Arugam Bay to Kandy takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Knuckles Forest Reserve
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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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