10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Sydney
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  17​h
1
Kandy
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h
2
Unawatuna
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
3
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Tissamaharama
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Dambulla
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Sydney

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally examine the collection at National Museum Kandy.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kandy trip planner

Sydney, Australia to Kandy is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight, bus, and train. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Sydney to Kandy due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Unawatuna.

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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nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, then look for gifts at Natural Silk Factory, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hikkaduwa Beach. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Unawatuna tour itinerary tool

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Unawatuna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and flight. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ella.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Mirissa, Hikkaduwa Beach, Natural Silk Factory
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

2
nights
Ella

Ella ©
The relaxing hilltop village of Ella benefits from a more temperate climate than much of the rest of country thanks to its high elevation.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): make a trip to Kinellan Tea Factory, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, and then make a trip to Demodara Nine Arch Bridge. On the 25th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls and then take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Ella holiday planner

Getting from Unawatuna to Ella by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Ella

Nature Parks
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Ravana Ella Falls ©
Ravana Ella Falls

1
night
Tissamaharama

Tissamaharama ©
Tourism in Tissamaharama revolves around the town's vast historic and cultural heritage, with the surroundings of scenic paddy fields adding to the ambiance.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park.

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Getting from Ella to Tissamaharama by car takes about 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Tissamaharama are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Yala National Park
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Golden Cave Temple, then look for gifts at Karu Arts & Crafts, and then explore the fascinating underground world of The Golden Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sun): stop by Lanka Silks, then examine the collection at Pethikada, then make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, and finally make a trip to Sigiriya World Heritage Site.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Dambulla trip planner

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Tissamaharama to Dambulla in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

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

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