10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly + Drive:  13​h 30​min
1
Netolpitiya
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Hikkaduwa
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h
3
Polonnaruwa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: New Delhi

2
nights
Netolpitiya

Netolpitiya ©
Most people take a trip to Netolpitiya to enjoy a classic beach holiday.
On the 12th (Fri), browse the exhibits of Indika Art Gallery, enjoy the sand and surf at Medaketiya Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa). On the next day, explore the ancient world of Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara and then contemplate the waterfront views at Tangalle Lagoon & Kayak.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Netolpitiya online visit planner .

New Delhi, India to Netolpitiya is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from New Delhi in January; daily highs in Netolpitiya reach 36°C and lows reach 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Netolpitiya

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Tangalle
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Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) ©
Tangalle Lagoon ©
Tangalle Lagoon
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara ©
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara

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.
On the 14th (Sun), make a trip to Tsunami Honganji Vihara, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then experience rural life at Handunugoda Tea Estate.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Hikkaduwa road trip planner.

You can drive from Netolpitiya to Hikkaduwa in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Spas Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Handunugoda Tea Estate, Spas & Wellness, Ahungalla Beach
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Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Tsunami Honganji Vihara ©
Tsunami Honganji Vihara
Handunugoda Tea Estate ©
Handunugoda Tea Estate

3
nights
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Polonnaruwa Archaeological Ruins, don't miss a visit to Gal Vihara, then contemplate the long history of Lankathilaka Image House, and finally appreciate the history behind Polonnaruwa Vatadage. On the 17th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kaudulla National Park.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Polonnaruwa trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Hikkaduwa to Polonnaruwa by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Wildlife Nature Parks

Side Trip

Kaudulla National Park
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Kaudulla National Park ©
Kaudulla National Park
Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage
Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House

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nights
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 18th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, then don't miss a visit to Isurumuniya Temple, then explore the ancient world of Moonstone or Sandakada pahana, and finally don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dagoba of Thuparama, contemplate the waterfront views at Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna), then pause for some photo ops at Samadhi Statue, then appreciate the history behind Abhayagiri Dagoba, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Anuradhapura trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Polonnaruwa to Anuradhapura takes 2.5 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Isurumuniya Temple ©
Isurumuniya Temple
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba
Abhayagiri Dagaba ©
Abhayagiri Dagaba

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