10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Cairo
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Sigiriya
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Ella
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 15​min
3
Unawatuna
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h
4
Kandy
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Cairo

1
night
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 5th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: Head underground at The Golden Temple, stop by Lanka Silks, then don't miss a visit to Sigiriya World Heritage Site, and finally pick up a one of a kind souvenir at sigiri art gallery.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Sigiriya trip itinerary builder app .

Cairo, Egypt to Sigiriya is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to India Standard Time (IST) is 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to Ella.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Golden Temple of Dambulla, Minneriya National Park
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

2
nights
Ella

Ella ©
The relaxing hilltop village of Ella benefits from a more temperate climate than much of the rest of country thanks to its high elevation.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): snap pictures at Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, then explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Ella Spice Garden, then get great views at Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale, then take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, and finally take in the exciting artwork at R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Ella travel route builder .

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Ella takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In August in Ella, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

2
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Unawatuna Beach, kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, and then steep yourself in history at Galle Fort.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Unawatuna visit planning website .

Getting from Ella to Unawatuna by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mirissa, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery, Galle Fort
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and then identify plant and animal life at Udawattekele Sanctuary.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kandy tour planner.

Getting from Unawatuna to Kandy by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. You will leave for home on the 13th (Tue).

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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