10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Doha
Fly:  8​h
1
Colombo
— 4 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
2
Galle
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Doha

4
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.
Do your shopping at Stone 'N' String and Barefoot. Take a break from the city and head to Negombo Beach and Mount Lavinia Beach. Step out of Colombo with an excursion to Dutch Fort in Negombo--about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Colombo National Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, buy something for everyone on your list at Arcade Independence Square, and appreciate the history behind Independence Memorial Hall.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Colombo day trip app

Doha, Qatar to Colombo is an approximately 8-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Arabia Standard Time to India Standard Time is 2 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Colombo can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Galle.

Things to do in Colombo

Shopping Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Negombo
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Stone 'N' String ©
Stone 'N' String
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach

2
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach and then kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach. On the next day, kick back and relax at Unawatuna Beach, stop by Exotic Roots, and then contemplate the long history of Galle Fort.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Galle travel route builder app

You can drive from Colombo to Galle in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Jungle Beach, Mirissa 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.
On the 18th (Sat), explore the activities along Kandy Lake, look for gifts at Kandy City Center, and then pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue.

To see more things to do and more tourist information, read our Kandy tour itinerary planner

Traveling by car from Galle to Kandy takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Kandy

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake
Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue ©
Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue

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.
On the 20th (Mon), look for gifts at Karu Arts & Crafts, explore the fascinating underground world of The Golden Temple, and then don't miss a visit to Sigiriya World Heritage Site. On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Sigiriya online vacation builder

Getting from Kandy to Sigiriya by car takes about 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Karu Arts & Crafts, Minneriya National Park, Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

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