10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Colombo
Drive:  2​h 15​min
1
Hikkaduwa
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
2
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Trincomalee
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Ella
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
End: Colombo

2
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Narigama Beach. You'll explore and learn at Tsunami Photo Museum and Community Tsunami Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hikkaduwa: Ahungalla Beach (in Ahungalla) and Jungle Beach (in Unawatuna). There's lots more to do: stroll through Hikkaduwa Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Seenigama Muhudu Viharaya, look for gifts at Galle Gem Exchange, and see the vivid underwater world at Coral Sanctuary.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Hikkaduwa online trip itinerary maker .

Colombo to Hikkaduwa is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Hikkaduwa can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Tsunami Photo Museum, Jungle Beach, Ahungalla Beach
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Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Narigama Beach ©
Narigama Beach

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.
On the 20th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Isurumuniya Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, admire the landmark architecture of Ruwanwelisaya, then pause for some photo ops at Samadhi Statue, and finally don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Anuradhapura trip itinerary builder site .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Hikkaduwa to Anuradhapura in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites
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Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Isurumuniya Temple ©
Isurumuniya Temple

1
night
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 21st (Tue): stroll through Nilaveli Beach, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Koneswaram Temple.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Trincomalee driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Trincomalee in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Nilaveli Beach
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Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
On the 22nd (Wed), stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then stroll the grounds of Commonwealth War Cemetery, and finally stroll through Royal Botanical Gardens. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at World Buddhist Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Udawattekele Sanctuary, and then stop by Jayamali Batiks Studio.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kandy trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Trincomalee to Kandy takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

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 ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

3
nights
Ella

Ella ©
The relaxing hilltop village of Ella benefits from a more temperate climate than much of the rest of country thanks to its high elevation.
On the 24th (Fri), take in the dramatic scenery at Dunhinda Falls and then take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, then stroll through Nature Trail Ella, and then admire the sheer force of Diyaluma Falls.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Ella route tool .

You can drive from Kandy to Ella in 4 hours. Another option is to take a train. In May, daytime highs in Ella are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Dunhinda Falls, Diyaluma Falls
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Diyaluma Falls ©
Diyaluma Falls
Dunhinda Falls ©
Dunhinda Falls
Spas

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