10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Dambulla
— 1 night
2
Hikkaduwa
— 2 nights
3
Trincomalee
— 2 nights
4
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights

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Dambulla

On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): make a trip to Dambulla Cave Temple and then don't miss a visit to Sigiriya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla.

To find ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Dambulla road trip planning site.

Seattle, USA to Dambulla is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 13.5 hours traveling from Seattle to Dambulla due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Habarana, Sigiriya
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Safaris
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya

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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 7th (Tue): stroll through Ahungalla Beach, then stroll through Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa, then examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum, and finally browse the exhibits of Tsunami Photo Museum. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex, take in the spiritual surroundings of Unawatuna Devol Devalaya, and then stop by Lihiniya Gems.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Hikkaduwa trip planner.

Getting from Dambulla to Hikkaduwa by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of taxi and train. In September, daytime highs in Hikkaduwa are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Galle, Unawatuna Devol Devalaya, Ahungalla Beach, Tsunami Photo Museum
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Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex ©

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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 9th (Thu), kick back and relax at Nilaveli Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about all things military at Orr's Hill Army Museum, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Trincomalee War Cemetery.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Trincomalee trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Hikkaduwa to Trincomalee takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of taxi and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Nilaveli Beach
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Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple ©
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach

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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 11th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, then admire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, and finally explore the ancient world of Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate).

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Anuradhapura visit planning app.

Getting from Trincomalee to Anuradhapura by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

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

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