10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka visit planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Colombo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Mirissa
— 3 nights
Fly
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Kandy
— 1 night
Drive to Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport, Fly to Washington

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Colombo

— 3 nights
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Barefoot. Spend the 27th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple and walk around Galle Face Green.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Colombo day trip site.

Washington, USA to Colombo is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to India Standard Time is 10.5 hours. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Washington in December: high temperatures in Colombo hover around 88°F and lows are around 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trip

Mirissa

— 3 nights
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Head to Lihiniya Gems and Indika Art Galleryfor plenty of shopping. You'll get in some beach time at Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) and Jungle Beach. Step out of Mirissa to go to Unawatuna and see Spas, which is approximately 50 minutes away. It doesn't end there: race across the water with a speed boat tour and stroll through Silent Beach.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Mirissa sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Colombo to Mirissa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Kandy.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trips

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, stroll through Royal Botanical Gardens, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kandy travel route planner.

Fly from Mirissa to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trip

Sri Lanka travel guide

4.1
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.