10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
3
Jaffna
— 1 night
4
Trincomalee
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Polonnaruwa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Sigiriya
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Dubai

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): make a trip to Royal Botanical Gardens, explore the different monuments and memorials at Commonwealth War Cemetery, then appreciate the history behind Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, and finally contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Udawattekele Sanctuary, then step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace of Kandy, then explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and finally don't miss a visit to Kandy view point.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Kandy is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to India Standard Time (IST) is 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

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 4th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Isurumuniya Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba, and then make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Anuradhapura trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kandy to Anuradhapura in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Jaffna.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites
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Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba
Isurumuniya Temple ©
Isurumuniya Temple

1
night
Jaffna

Jaffna ©
A center of Tamil culture, the city of Jaffna remains in the process of rebuilding after suffering greatly during the civil war.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Jaffna Fort, get lost in a book at Jaffna Public Library, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nallur Kovil.

For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Jaffna day trip planning website .

Traveling by train from Anuradhapura to Jaffna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites
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Nallur Kovil ©
Nallur Kovil
Jaffna Fort ©
Jaffna Fort
Jaffna Public Library ©
Jaffna Public Library

1
night
Trincomalee

Trincomalee ©
A center of Tamil culture and language, Trincomalee suffered greatly during the 30-year civil war, but the troubles haven't dimmed the natural and cultural charms of the place.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Nilaveli Beach, stroll the grounds of Trincomalee War Cemetery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, then make a trip to Fort Frederick, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Trincomalee day trip website .

Getting from Jaffna to Trincomalee by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Nilaveli Beach
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Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple ©
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple

1
night
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Lankathilaka Image House, make a trip to Sandakada Pahana, explore the ancient world of Polonnaruwa Vatadage, then explore the ancient world of Polonnaruwa Archaeological Ruins, then appreciate the history behind Gal Vihara, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Polonnaruwa.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Polonnaruwa route planning site .

Getting from Trincomalee to Polonnaruwa by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites
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Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage
Sandakada Pahana ©
Sandakada Pahana
Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kaudulla National Park (in Habarana) and The Golden Temple (in Dambulla). Spend the 10th (Wed) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Sigiriya World Heritage Site and examine the collection at Sigiriya Museum.

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Getting from Polonnaruwa to Sigiriya by car takes about 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Habarana, Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

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