10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Doha
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Colombo
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Galle
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  1​h
3
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
5
Arugam Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
Ella
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  11​h
End: Doha

1
night
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 14th (Wed): make a trip to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, take in the exciting artwork at Ganeshism Studio Gallery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, and finally walk around Galle Face Green.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Colombo online trip builder .

Doha, Qatar to Colombo is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Arabia Standard Time (AST) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. When traveling from Doha in August, plan for colder days and little chillier nights in Colombo: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Galle.

Things to do in Colombo

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara ©
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara

1
night
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda, enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, look for gifts at Lak Gems & Jewellery, then contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, and finally browse the exhibits of Pilgrims Lounge Chrishtopher Handicraft and Paint Gallery.

To see more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Galle trip itinerary website .

You can take a train from Colombo to Galle in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Unawatuna
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Japanese Peace Pagoda ©
Japanese Peace Pagoda

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 16th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Royal Botanical Gardens, then pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, then contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kandy day trip app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Galle to Kandy takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) 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

2
nights
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.
On the 17th (Sat), explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, browse the exhibits of Pethikada, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Golden Temple of Dambulla. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Sigiriya travel route planner .

You can drive from Kandy to Sigiriya in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Golden Temple of Dambulla, Minneriya National Park
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

1
night
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): look for gifts at Rice & Carry Bags Shop, then contemplate the waterfront views at Arugam Bay, then visit a coastal fixture at Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kudumbigala Monastery.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Arugam Bay trip itinerary maker .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Sigiriya to Arugam Bay in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In August in Arugam Bay, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Ella.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Historic Sites Shopping Beaches
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Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay

3
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.
When in Ella, make a side trip to see Hakgala Botanic Gardens in Nuwara Eliya, approximately 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, browse the exhibits of I Love Ceylon Gallery, take in the exciting artwork at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, and take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls.

Start your trip to Ella by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Arugam Bay to Ella in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Ella sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. On the 22nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hakgala Botanic Gardens
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Ravana Ella Falls ©
Ravana Ella Falls

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