10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Colombo
1
Colombo
— Few hours
Fly:  1 h
2
Kandy
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Nuwara Eliya
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  3 h 45 min
4
Mirissa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Colombo
— 1 night
End: Colombo

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hours
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.
On the 23rd (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Colombo online trip itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiports are Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport and Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time for travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Museums Historic Sites
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Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple

3
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 23rd (Mon): examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum and then get engrossed in the history at Raja Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Ceylon Tea Museum, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy War Cemetery, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Hindagala Temple.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kandy planner.

Traveling by flight from Colombo to Kandy takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Hindagala Temple
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Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
Udawattekele Sanctuary ©
Udawattekele Sanctuary

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nights
Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya ©
Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
On the 26th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Church, then try your luck at Royal Turf Club, then explore the activities along Gregory Lake, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sita Temple. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Horton Plains National Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at Baker's Falls, and then look for gifts at Franciscan Sister's Jam Room.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Nuwara Eliya trip planner.

You can drive from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Baker's Falls
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Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Baker's Falls ©
Baker's Falls
Sita Temple ©
Sita Temple

3
nights
Mirissa

The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Mirissa Beach and Hikkaduwa Beach. Get outdoors at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Jungle Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mirissa: Saffron Robes (in Hikkaduwa), Galle (Galle Fort, Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara, &more) and Tsunami Photo Museum (in Telwatta). It doesn't end there: look for gifts at Dress Palace.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Mirissa trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Nuwara Eliya to Mirissa in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. December in Mirissa sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Colombo.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Galle, Hikkaduwa, Tsunami Photo Museum, Jungle Beach
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara ©
Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara

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night
Colombo

Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, pause for some serene contemplation at Borella All Saints Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anthony's Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shri Ponnambalawaneswaram Kovil.

To see reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Colombo trip planner.

You can drive from Mirissa to Colombo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Kayaking & Canoeing
St Anthony's Shrine ©
St Anthony's Shrine
Shri Ponnambalawaneswaram Kovil ©
Shri Ponnambalawaneswaram Kovil

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