10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Colombo
train:  1​h 30​min
1
Bentota
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Mirissa
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
3
Kandy
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
4
Arugam Bay
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 15​min
End: Colombo

1
night
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
On the 17th (Wed), kick back and relax at Akurala Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ahungalla Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bentota Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Community Tsunami Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa, then enjoy the sand and surf at Hikkaduwa Beach, and finally stop by Global Gems & Jewelery.

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Colombo to Bentota is an approximately 1.5-hour train ride. You can also drive. July in Bentota sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 31°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Mirissa.

Things to do in Bentota

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Akurala Beach, Ahungalla Beach
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach

2
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): stop by The Nest Coffee 'n' Shop, then kick back and relax at Mihiripenna Beach, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach, then kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Mirissa trip planner .

Getting from Bentota to Mirissa by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. July in Mirissa sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, The Nest Coffee 'n' Shop
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Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach

3
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.
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Kandy Lake are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and Elephant Freedom Project. Step out of Kandy with an excursion to Millennium Elephant Foundation in Kegalle--about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Royal Botanical Gardens, make a trip to Kandy view point, browse the collection at Buddhist Publication Society, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kandy route app .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Mirissa to Kandy in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kegalle, Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

1
night
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
On the 24th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Arugam Bay, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then enjoy the sea views from Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kudumbigala Monastery.

For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Arugam Bay trip itinerary website .

Getting from Kandy to Arugam Bay by combination of flight and taxi takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. July in Arugam Bay sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Historic Sites Spas Nature
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Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay

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.
On the 25th (Thu), delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Sigiriya. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla, and then identify plant and animal life at Dhilip De Alwis.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Sigiriya tour planning tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Arugam Bay to Sigiriya in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Golden Temple of Dambulla, Dhilip De Alwis
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Dhilip De Alwis ©
Dhilip De Alwis

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