10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Manama
Fly + taxi:  10​h 15​min
1
Hikkaduwa
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Trincomalee
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Kalkudah
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Sigiriya
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Manama

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): get outside with Outdoor Activities, explore the galleries of Tsunami Photo Museum, and then examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Vijayarama Viharaya and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Hikkaduwa road trip planning site .

Manama, Bahrain to Hikkaduwa is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Arabia Standard Time to India Standard Time is 2 hours. While traveling from Manama, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Hikkaduwa, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Sri Vijayarama Viharaya, Tsunami Photo Museum
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Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Community Tsunami Museum ©
Community Tsunami Museum
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): stroll through Royal Botanical Gardens, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy War Cemetery, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Udawattekele Sanctuary.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Kandy road trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Hikkaduwa to Kandy in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can go by car to Trincomalee.

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
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Nilaveli Beach, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Koneswaram Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple.

To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Trincomalee trip maker website .

You can drive from Kandy to Trincomalee in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kalkudah.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Nilaveli Beach
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Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple ©
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple

1
night
Kalkudah

Kalkudah ©
On the 22nd (Tue), don't miss a visit to Coconut Cultural Park and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Passikudah Beach.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kalkudah trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Trincomalee to Kalkudah in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Kalkudah

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Passikudah Beach ©
Passikudah Beach
Coconut Cultural Park ©
Coconut Cultural Park

3
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.
Appreciate the collections at Sigiriya Museum and Pethikada. Take a break from the city and head to Golden Temple of Dambulla and Safaris. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sigiriya: Ritigala Forest Monastery (in Anuradhapura), Polonnaruwa (Polonnaruwa Vatadage & Gal Vihara) and Dambulla Cave Temple (in Habarana). It doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Sigiriya.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Sigiriya trip builder tool .

Drive from Kalkudah to Sigiriya in 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Habarana, Polonnaruwa, Golden Temple of Dambulla, Ritigala Forest Monastery
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Safaris
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla

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