10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Chennai
Fly:  3​h
1
Colombo
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Galle
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 15​min
3
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Dambulla
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Chennai

3
nights
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Colombo National Museum and Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple. Get outdoors at Negombo Beach and Mount Lavinia Beach. Go for a jaunt from Colombo to Panadura to see Panadura Beach about 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Galle Face Green, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chabad House, appreciate the history behind Independence Memorial Hall, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Borella All Saints Church.

For maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Colombo trip builder .

Chennai (Madras), India to Colombo is an approximately 3-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly. When traveling from Chennai (Madras) in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Colombo: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Galle.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Panadura Beach, Negombo Beach
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum

2
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
On the 13th (Sun), stroll through Jungle Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirissa Beach, and then examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Unawatuna Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch Reformed Church, and then steep yourself in history at Galle Fort.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Galle using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Colombo to Galle takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Mirissa Beach, Community Tsunami Museum, Jungle Beach
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): explore the activities along Kandy Lake, then get engrossed in the history at Raja Museum, then contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Udawattekele Sanctuary. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace of Kandy, play a few rounds at Victoria Golf & Country Resort, and then don't miss a visit to Kandy view point.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kandy online attractions planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Galle to Kandy takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Outdoors Golf

Side Trip

Victoria Golf & Country Resort
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake
Udawattekele Sanctuary ©
Udawattekele Sanctuary

2
nights
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, look for gifts at Lanka Silks, then explore the historical opulence of Golden Cave Temple, and finally Head underground at The Golden Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Minneriya National Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Dambulla sightseeing planning tool .

Getting from Kandy to Dambulla by car takes about 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dambulla

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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