10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Narigama Beach and Ahungalla Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tsunami Photo Museum and Community Tsunami Museum. Take a break from Hikkaduwa with a short trip to Jungle Beach in Unawatuna, about 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: stroll through Hikkaduwa Beach, see the vivid underwater world at Coral Sanctuary, take in the spiritual surroundings of Seenigama Muhudu Viharaya, and stop by Galle Gem Exchange.

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Colombo to Hikkaduwa is an approximately 2.5- hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In May in Hikkaduwa, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. On the 19th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Jungle Beach, Ahungalla Beach, Tsunami Photo Museum
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Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Narigama Beach ©
Narigama Beach
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla 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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Isurumuniya Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, admire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya, then pause for some photo ops at Samadhi Statue, and finally make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Anuradhapura day trip tool.

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 your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites
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Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba

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.
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 contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Trincomalee trip planner.

Getting from Anuradhapura to Trincomalee by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Tours Beaches

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy War Cemetery, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Royal Botanical Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at World Buddhist Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Udawattekele Sanctuary, and then look for gifts at Jayamali Batiks Studio.

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

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison 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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Dunhinda Falls and then take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, hike along Nature Trail Ella, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Diyaluma Falls.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Ella trip planner.

Drive from Kandy to Ella in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 29°C. On the 26th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

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