10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Hikkaduwa
— 2 nights
2
Kitulgala
— 1 night
3
Kandy
— 1 night
4
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
5
Polonnaruwa
— 1 night
6
Colombo
— 2 nights

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Galle Fort and Unawatuna Devol Devalaya. Head to Tsunami Photo Museum and Cara Jewellersfor some retail therapy. When in Hikkaduwa, make a side trip to see Jungle Beach in Unawatuna, approximately Unawatuna away. There's lots more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Saffron Robes, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naga Viharaya.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Hikkaduwa trip planning app.

Colombo to Hikkaduwa is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. August in Hikkaduwa sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kitulgala.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Galle, Unawatuna, Tsunami Photo Museum
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa ©
Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa

1
night
Kitulgala

Kitulgala
Kitulgala is a small town in the west of Sri Lanka. On the 23rd (Sun), take a peaceful walk through Makandawa Forest Reserve and then admire the sheer force of Aberdeen Falls.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kitulgala sightseeing planner.

Drive from Hikkaduwa to Kitulgala in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Kitulgala

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Aberdeen Falls
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night
Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
On the 24th (Mon), take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, then stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kandy sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Kitulgala to Kandy takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Sigiriya.

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 Lake ©
Kandy Lake

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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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, then view the masterpieces at Pethikada, and finally make a trip to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs. Keep things going the next day: pick up some local products at Dambulla Dedicated Economic Centre, stop by Karu Arts & Crafts, then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sath Paththini Devalaya.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Sigiriya day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Sigiriya takes 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Dambulla, Karu Arts & Crafts
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Karu Arts & Crafts ©
Karu Arts & Crafts

1
night
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Dalada Maluwa, get to know the fascinating history of Polonnaruwa, and then pause for some photo ops at Gal Vihara.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Polonnaruwa online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Polonnaruwa takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites
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Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa
Dalada Maluwa ©
Dalada Maluwa
Gal Vihara ©
Gal Vihara

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Colombo

Colombo ©
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): buy something for everyone on your list at Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct, stroll around Galle Face Green, and then tee off at ayubolankatours. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Borella All Saints Church, take in the exciting artwork at Ganeshism Studio Gallery, browse the eclectic array of goods at Pettah, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, and finally look for gifts at Lakarcade.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Colombo tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Polonnaruwa to Colombo by combination of taxi and train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. In August in Colombo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Shopping · Wildlife · Transportation

Side Trip

ayubolankatours
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Lakarcade ©
Lakarcade
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Pettah ©
Pettah

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