10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  13 h 30 min
1
Colombo
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 15 min
2
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Kitulgala
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
5
Galle
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  15 h
End: London

3
nights
Colombo

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
On the 1st (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Christ The Living Saviour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seema Malakaya Temple, and finally stop by Urban Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Sebastian’s Church.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Colombo trip maker.

London, UK to Colombo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to India Standard Time is 5 hours. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from London in February: high temperatures in Colombo hover around 37°C and lows are around 27°C. On the 3rd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Colombo

Historic Sites Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Negombo
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Scuba & Snorkeling
Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple ©
Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): pick up a one of a kind souvenir at sigiri art gallery and then view the masterpieces at Pethikada.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Sigiriya road trip site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Colombo to Sigiriya in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Habarana
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Sigiriya Museum ©
Sigiriya Museum
Dhilip De Alwis ©
Dhilip De Alwis
Habarana Buddhist Temple ©
Habarana Buddhist Temple

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.
On the 5th (Thu), explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy War Cemetery, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Embekke Devalaya, don't miss a visit to Lankatilaka Temple, and then see the interesting displays at World Buddhist Museum.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kandy day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Sigiriya to Kandy in 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kitulgala.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Spas Museums

Side Trip

Embekke Devalaya
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Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Spas & Wellness

1
night
Kitulgala

Kitulgala
Kitulgala is a small town in the west of Sri Lanka. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): stroll through Makandawa Forest Reserve.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kitulgala road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Kandy to Kitulgala takes 2.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Kitulgala are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. On the 7th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Galle.

Things to do in Kitulgala

Parks Wildlife Nature
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1
night
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
On the 8th (Sun), kick back and relax at Mihiripenna Beach, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Church.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Galle online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Kitulgala to Galle takes 4 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Galle

Beaches Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mihiripenna Beach
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Mihiripenna Beach ©
Mihiripenna Beach
Dutch Reformed Church ©
Dutch Reformed Church
Spas

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