10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru
Fly + Drive:  9​h 30​min
1
Habarana
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Kandy
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
4
Mirissa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Rekawa
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Hikkaduwa
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Bengaluru

2
nights
Habarana

Habarana ©
Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
On the 19th (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kaudulla National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the history behind Gal Vihara, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Polonnaruwa Archaeological Ruins, then take in nature's colorful creations at Luck Uyana Herbal Medecines Garden, and finally don't miss a visit to Sigiriya World Heritage Site.

To see reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Habarana sightseeing app .

Bengaluru, India to Habarana is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Habarana

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Luck Uyana Herbal Medecines Garden, Gal Vihara, Sigiriya
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Gal Vihara ©
Gal Vihara
Kaudulla National Park ©
Kaudulla National Park

1
night
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 21st (Mon), make a trip to Isurumuniya Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Maha Boodhi Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba, then make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, and finally take in the views from Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Anuradhapura trip maker website .

Drive from Habarana to Anuradhapura in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

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

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Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, explore the different monuments and memorials at Commonwealth War Cemetery, then contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Kandy view point, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, then identify plant and animal life at Udawattekele Sanctuary, and finally pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kandy vacation maker site .

Drive from Anuradhapura to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

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 Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery

1
night
Mirissa

The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach, and then stop by LAZY.RIDE.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Mirissa trip planner .

Getting from Kandy to Mirissa by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Rekawa.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach

1
night
Rekawa

Rekawa ©
A small town with a laidback vibe squeezed between the ocean and the shores of a rich lagoon surrounded by mangroves, Rekawa draws visitors throughout the year with a pioneering turtle conservation project, the most notable tourist attraction in Rekawa.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): view the masterpieces at Indika Art Gallery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara, then stroll through Amanwella Silent Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa).

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Rekawa trip maker .

You can drive from Mirissa to Rekawa in 2 hours. January in Rekawa sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Rekawa

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

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

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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 26th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project, look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Protection Association, then kick back and relax at Ahungalla Beach, and finally see the interesting displays at Community Tsunami Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Hikkaduwa Beach and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Hikkaduwa holiday planning website .

Getting from Rekawa to Hikkaduwa by car takes about 2.5 hours. In January in Hikkaduwa, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Ahungalla Beach, Sea Turtle Protection Association, Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach

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