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 + Taxi:  6​h
1
Dambulla
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  2​h 30​min
2
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  2​h
3
Kandy
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1​h 30​min
4
Mirissa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Bentota
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  5​h
End: New Delhi

1
night
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
On the 31st (Tue), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Dambulla route planning tool .

New Delhi, India to Dambulla is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also fly. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Spas
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pethikada ©
Pethikada

1
night
Udawalawe National Park

Udawalawe National Park ©
One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park.

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You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Dambulla to Udawalawe National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Udawalawe National Park ©
Udawalawe National Park

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy War Cemetery, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Asgiriya Maha Viharaya, then stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. Here are some ideas for day two: explore and take pictures at Royal Botanical Gardens, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Sriya & Daya Curio Shop, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kandy trip builder app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Udawalawe National Park to Kandy in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

3
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Galle Fort and Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery. Get outdoors at Mirissa Beach and Mihiripenna Beach. Explore Mirissa's surroundings by going to Matara Beach (in Matara) and Unawatuna (Unawatuna Devol Devalaya, Jungle Beach, & more). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Mirissa trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Mirissa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Mirissa can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Bentota.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Galle, Matara Beach
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ahungalla Beach, stroll through Hikkaduwa Beach, and then take in the exciting artwork at Tsunami Photo Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Thu): look for gifts at Gem Bank Gems & Jewellery, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bentota Beach, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Masjid ul Abrar.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Bentota day trip planner .

You can drive from Mirissa to Bentota in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. January in Bentota sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bentota

Shopping Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Gem Bank Gems & Jewellery, Ahungalla Beach, Tsunami Photo Museum, Masjid ul Abrar, Hikkaduwa Beach
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum

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