10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Fly
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Colombo
— 1 night
Drive
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Bentota
— 3 nights
Drive
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Galle
— 1 night
Drive
4
Mirissa
— 1 day
Drive
5
Udawalawa
— 1 day
Drive
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Dambulla
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kandy
— 1 night
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Colombo

— 1 night
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 13th (Sun): stroll through Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa and then enjoy the sand and surf at Negombo Beach.

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Hyderabad, India to Colombo is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. Traveling from Hyderabad in January, Colombo is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Bentota.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Bentota

— 3 nights
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): stroll through Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center and then stroll through Sea Turtle Protection Association. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Ahungalla Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project, and then kick back and relax at Bentota Beach.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Bentota trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Colombo to Bentota takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January in Bentota, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 27°C at night. On the 17th (Thu), you're off to Galle.

Things to do in Bentota

Parks · Wildlife · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Galle

— 1 night
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Galle Fort and then enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Galle trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Bentota to Galle by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Galle

Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Mirissa

— 1 day
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
On the 18th (Fri), get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, stop by Dress Palace, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Mirissa road trip app.

Drive from Galle to Mirissa in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can drive to Udawalawa.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches

Udawalawa

— 1 day
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Udawalawe Trails.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Udawalawa online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Mirissa to Udawalawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Udawalawa

Parks · Wildlife
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Dambulla

— 2 nights
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
On the 20th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Golden Temple of Dambulla, then see where the action happens at Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, and then explore the ancient world of Sigiriya Fortress.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Dambulla itinerary app.

You can drive from Udawalawa to Dambulla in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Kandy

— 1 night
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 (Mon): stroll through Udawattekele Sanctuary, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kandy online tour itinerary builder.

Getting from Dambulla to Kandy by car takes about 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature

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.