10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Beirut
Fly + Drive:  17​h 15​min
1
Anuradhapura
— 3 nights
2
Jaffna
— 1 night
3
Trincomalee
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Habarana
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Kandy
— 1 night
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Beirut

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Lankarama Sthupa, make a trip to Mirisaveti Stupa, delve into the distant past at Moonstone or Sandakada pahana, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond, and finally delve into the distant past at Ranmasu Uyana. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Eth Pokuna, then make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, and then don't miss a visit to Lovamahapaya.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Anuradhapura tour itinerary planner .

Beirut, Lebanon to Anuradhapura is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Beirut to Anuradhapura is 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Jaffna.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Outdoors Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Thanthirimale Rajamaha Viharaya
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Eth Pokuna ©
Eth Pokuna
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba
Ranmasu Uyana ©
Ranmasu Uyana

1
night
Jaffna

Jaffna ©
A center of Tamil culture, the city of Jaffna remains in the process of rebuilding after suffering greatly during the civil war.
On the 7th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nallur Kovil.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Jaffna online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by train from Anuradhapura to Jaffna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Jaffna

Trails Outdoors Parks
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Kayts Causeway ©
Kayts Causeway
Nallur Kovil ©
Nallur Kovil
Jaffna Fort ©
Jaffna Fort

2
nights
Trincomalee

Trincomalee ©
A center of Tamil culture and language, Trincomalee suffered greatly during the 30-year civil war, but the troubles haven't dimmed the natural and cultural charms of the place.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): get outside with Sail Lanka Charter and then kick back and relax at Trincomalee Beach.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Trincomalee trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Jaffna to Trincomalee by combination of train and taxi takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Habarana.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Trincomalee Beach ©
Trincomalee Beach
Sail Lanka Charter ©
Sail Lanka Charter

1
night
Habarana

Habarana ©
Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Ritigala Forest Monastery, identify plant and animal life at Hurulu Eco Park, then look for gifts at sigiri art gallery, and finally examine the collection at Pethikada.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Habarana trip planner .

Traveling by car from Trincomalee to Habarana takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Habarana

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Ritigala Forest Monastery
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Hurulu Eco Park ©
Hurulu Eco Park
Ritigala Forest Monastery ©
Ritigala Forest Monastery
Pethikada ©
Pethikada

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): examine the collection at Ceylon Tea Museum, identify plant and animal life at Udawattekele Sanctuary, then pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, and finally stroll the grounds of Commonwealth War Cemetery.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kandy tour builder tool .

Traveling by car from Habarana to Kandy takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. On the 12th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
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Udawattekele Sanctuary ©
Udawattekele Sanctuary
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery

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