10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka trip itinerary planner

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Galle
— 2 nights
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Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
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Ella
— 1 night
Drive
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Dambulla
— 3 nights
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Kandy
— 2 nights
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Galle

— 2 nights
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Get out of town with these interesting Galle side-trips: Mirissa (Mirissa Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching, &more). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara, kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, and make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Galle holiday planner.

New Delhi, India to Galle is an approximately 8-hour flight. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from New Delhi in March: high temperatures in Galle hover around 38°C and lows are around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Udawalawe National Park

— 1 night
One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Udawalawe National Park.

To see photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Udawalawe National Park road trip app.

You can drive from Galle to Udawalawe National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. March in Udawalawe National Park sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
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Ella

— 1 night
The relaxing hilltop village of Ella benefits from a more temperate climate than much of the rest of country thanks to its high elevation.
On the 6th (Sat), kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, then snap pictures at Nine Arches Bridge, and finally admire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden.

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Drive from Udawalawe National Park to Ella in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Classes · Outdoors

Dambulla

— 3 nights
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Change things up with a short trip to Pidurangala Rock in Sigiriya (about 32 minutes away). Spend the 9th (Tue) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dambulla Royal Cave Temple, stroll through Dhilip De Alwis, and enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Dambulla trip maker.

Traveling by car from Ella to Dambulla takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Dambulla

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Kandy

— 2 nights
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
On the 10th (Wed), make a trip to Degaldoruwa Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum, then explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and finally make a trip to Kandy view point. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hindagala Temple, then explore and take pictures at Royal Botanical Gardens, and then stop by Sthree.

To see ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kandy trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Dambulla to Kandy takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Sri Lanka travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Nature & Parks
India's Teardrop
Shaped like a teardrop and located just below the southern tip of India, lush Sri Lanka boasts some of the greatest biodiversity in the world. Unless you time your Sri Lanka holiday for monsoon season, you can expect bright blue skies and plenty of sunshine, perfect for exploring tropical forests, historic temples, colonial forts, and many other buildings dating back to Dutch rule. Popular things to do in Sri Lanka include swimming, sailing, and surfing, though a growing number of visitors come here just to eat their way around the country. Greatly influenced by nearby India, the national cuisine also features many elements of European cooking--a result of the Dutch and Portuguese colonial years. Of course, a trip to Sri Lanka would not be complete without a cup of its world-famous Ceylon tea.