10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Colombo
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h
2
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h
4
Galle
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Sydney

3
nights
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.
On the 4th (Thu), stop by ODEL, look for gifts at Barefoot, then stop by Stone 'N' String, and finally stop by Laksala. On the next day, kick back and relax at Negombo Beach, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Church, then browse the different shops at Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Colombo trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Sydney, Australia to Colombo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a -4 hour difference. Traveling from Sydney in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Colombo: highs are around 35°C and lows about 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Shopping Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Negombo
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Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct ©
Barefoot ©
Barefoot
Stone 'N' String ©
Stone 'N' String

1
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 6th (Sat), explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then stop by Jayamali Batiks Studio, and finally look for gifts at Kandy City Center. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll the grounds of Commonwealth War Cemetery, stop by Oak Ray Creations Batik Gallery, then explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and finally stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kandy online road trip planner .

Getting from Colombo to Kandy by combination of flight and taxi takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Shopping Parks
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Dagoba of Thuparama, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Maha Boodhi Temple, then don't miss a visit to Isurumuniya Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Anuradhapura planner .

You can drive from Kandy to Anuradhapura in 3 hours. Another option is to take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Galle.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites
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Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Isurumuniya Temple ©
Isurumuniya Temple
Dagoba of Thuparama ©
Dagoba of Thuparama

2
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
For shopping fun, head to Orchid House or Stick No Bills Poster Gallery. Visit Jungle Beach and Mirissa Beach for some beach relaxation. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Unawatuna Beach, stop by Lihiniya Gems, and contemplate the long history of Galle Fort.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Galle trip planner .

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Galle in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mirissa Beach, Jungle Beach
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach

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