10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru
Fly + taxi:  7​h 45​min
1
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Dambulla
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  2​h 30​min
3
Hikkaduwa
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Mirissa
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
5
Kandy
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Bengaluru

2
nights
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.
On the 26th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ruwanwelisaya, then pause for some photo ops at Samadhi Statue, and finally contemplate the long history of Ritigala Forest Monastery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Isurumuniya Temple, don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, then pause for some photo ops at Abhayagiri Dagaba, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mihintale.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Anuradhapura online trip itinerary planner .

Bengaluru, India to Anuradhapura is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites
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Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Isurumuniya Temple ©
Isurumuniya Temple
Ritigala Forest Monastery ©
Ritigala Forest Monastery

1
night
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
On the 28th (Sat), explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, then make a trip to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Dambulla trip planner.

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Dambulla in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Sigiriya
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs ©
Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs

3
nights
Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa ©
One of the most scenic beach resorts in Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa features a number of long white sand beaches with palm trees and gentle waves.
Tsunami Photo Museum and Pilgrims Lounge Chrishtopher Handicraft and Paint Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Ahungalla Beach and Community Tsunami Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hikkaduwa: Galle Fort (in Galle), Bentota Beach (in Bentota) and Unawatuna (Lak Gems & Jewellery & Jungle Beach). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Hikkaduwa trip app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Dambulla to Hikkaduwa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Galle, Unawatuna, Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center, Bentota Beach, Ahungalla Beach
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Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach

1
night
Mirissa

The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): stop by LAZY.RIDE, kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Mirissa day trip planning site .

Drive from Hikkaduwa to Mirissa in 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Mirissa are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa 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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): stroll through Royal Botanical Gardens, then stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally see the interesting displays at World Buddhist Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll the grounds of Kandy War Cemetery, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Sriya & Daya Curio Shop, then explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and finally stop by Jayamali Batiks Studio.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kandy attractions tool .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Mirissa to Kandy in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©

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