10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  9​h
1
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Polonnaruwa
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Jaffna
— 1 night
4
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h
5
Unawatuna
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  8​h
End: Dubai

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Raja Museum, then steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Commonwealth War Cemetery.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kandy day trip website .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Kandy is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight, bus, and train. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dubai to Kandy due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Museums
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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

3
nights
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 24th (Sat): Head underground at The Golden Temple, look for gifts at Lanka Silks, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Hurulu Eco Park. On the 25th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some photo ops at Polonnaruwa Vatadage, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gal Potha, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Polonnaruwa Archaeological Ruins, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Polonnaruwa.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Polonnaruwa tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Kandy to Polonnaruwa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Jaffna.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Hurulu Eco Park, Golden Temple of Dambulla, Lanka Silks
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage
Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House

1
night
Jaffna

Jaffna ©
A center of Tamil culture, the city of Jaffna remains in the process of rebuilding after suffering greatly during the civil war.
On the 27th (Tue), get lost in a book at Jaffna Public Library, then steep yourself in history at Jaffna Fort, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nallur Kovil.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Jaffna day trip app .

You can do a combination of taxi and train from Polonnaruwa to Jaffna in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites
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Nallur Kovil ©
Nallur Kovil
Jaffna Fort ©
Jaffna Fort
Jaffna Public Library ©
Jaffna Public Library

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Dagoba of Thuparama, don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Isurumuniya Temple.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Anuradhapura online tour itinerary planner .

Take a train from Jaffna to Anuradhapura in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Unawatuna.

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
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
On the 2nd (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then stroll through Unawatuna Beach.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Unawatuna vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Anuradhapura to Unawatuna in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Mirissa
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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