10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Colombo
Fly:  1​h
1
Kandy
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
3
Negombo
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
4
Galle
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
End: Colombo

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Embilmeegama Tea Factory (in Embilmeegame) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, make a trip to Kandy view point, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kandy trip builder site .

Colombo to Kandy is an approximately 1-hour flight. You can also do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Embilmeegama Tea Factory, Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla and then delve into the distant past at Sigiriya. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Sigiriya online trip maker .

Getting from Kandy to Sigiriya by car takes about 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Negombo.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Negombo

Negombo ©
Located close to the international airport, Negombo has a reputation for being either the first or last taste of the country for visitors.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): kick back and relax at Negombo Beach, look for gifts at LUV SL Negombo, and then make a trip to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Viharamahadevi Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, then walk around Galle Face Green, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Church.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Negombo sightseeing planning app .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Sigiriya to Negombo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Negombo

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Explore Galle's surroundings by going to Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa), Bentota Beach (in Bentota) and Mirissa Beach (in Mirissa). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, stop by Embark, and enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Galle sightseeing app .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Negombo to Galle in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can take a train back home.

Things to do in Galle

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Mirissa Beach, Hikkaduwa Beach, Bentota Beach, Jungle Beach
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

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