10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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

few
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): examine the collection at Colombo National Museum and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Colombo trip planner .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airports 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 enough time to 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 ©

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.
You've now added Elephant Freedom Project to your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Do some cultural sightseeing at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Kandy Lake. And it doesn't end there: stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hindagala Temple, examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum, and look for all kinds of wild species at Udawattekele Sanctuary.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kandy road trip planning website .

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

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

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

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, try your luck at Royal Turf Club, then contemplate the waterfront views at Gregory Lake, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sita Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Horton Plains National Park, then admire the sheer force of Baker's Falls, and then stop by Franciscan Sister's Jam Room.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Nuwara Eliya trip planner .

You can drive from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trip

Baker's Falls
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Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Baker's Falls ©
Baker's Falls
Holy Trinity Church ©
Holy Trinity Church

3
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
We've included these beaches for you: Jungle Beach and Mirissa Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tsunami Photo Museum and Galle Fort. Change things up with these side-trips from Mirissa: Hikkaduwa (Hikkaduwa Beach & Saffron Robes Gallery and Studio) and Galle (Sea Turtle Farm, Maritime Archeological Museum (Galle), & more). Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and look for gifts at Dress Palace.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Mirissa online trip maker .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Nuwara Eliya to Mirissa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Colombo.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Galle, Hikkaduwa, Tsunami Photo Museum, Jungle Beach
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Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Dutch Reformed Church ©
Dutch Reformed Church

1
night
Colombo

On the 1st (Wed), get outside with Outdoor Activities, take in the spiritual surroundings of Borella All Saints Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anthony s Church Kochikade Colombo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Shri Ponnambalawaneswaram Kovil.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Colombo trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Mirissa to Colombo by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

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

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