10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Bratislava
bus + Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Colombo
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Galle
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  1​h
3
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Sigiriya
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Bratislava

1
night
Colombo

Colombo ©
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): examine the collection at Colombo National Museum and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bellanwila Raja Maha Viharaya, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Thewaththa Church (Basilica Ragama), then pause for some serene contemplation at Borella All Saints Church, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old Kathiresan Temple, and finally stroll around Galle Face Green.

For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Colombo online driving holiday planner .

Bratislava, Slovakia to Colombo is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to India Standard Time (IST) is 4 hours. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Bratislava in November: high temperatures in Colombo hover around 36°C and lows are around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Galle.

Things to do in Colombo

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Bellanwila Raja Maha Viharaya, Thewaththa Church (Basilica Ragama)
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Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum
Bellanwila Raja Maha Viharaya ©
Bellanwila Raja Maha Viharaya

1
night
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
On the 21st (Thu), make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda, tour the pleasant surroundings at Jungle Beach, then contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Church.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Galle travel planning website .

You can take a train from Colombo to Galle in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November in Galle, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Unawatuna
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dutch Reformed Church ©
Dutch Reformed Church
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, then stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nelligala International Buddhist Center, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy War Cemetery, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Hanthana Mountain Range.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kandy trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Galle to Kandy takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nelligala International Buddhist Center, Royal Botanical Gardens
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery

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 24th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Isurumuniya Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ruwanwelisaya, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mihintale, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Anuradhapura vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Kandy to Anuradhapura in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, explore the galleries of Pethikada, and then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, then admire the natural beauty at Luck Uyana Herbal Medecines Garden, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Polonnaruwa.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Sigiriya tour itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Sigiriya in 1.5 hours. You'll set off for home on the 27th (Wed).

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Luck Uyana Herbal Medecines Garden, Golden Temple of Dambulla, Polonnaruwa
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa

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