SRI LANKA 10 DAYS PACKAGE TOUR

Are you wondering what are the best places to visit on a Sri Lanka 10 days package tour? Or perhaps you might be wondering what are the places to visit on a Sri Lanka 10 days itinerary. Perhaps you will be searching for places to visit as you plan to travel for 10 days to Sri Lanka. Whatever you look for, this blog post is going to help you with your Sri Lanka 10 days tour. This blog post mainly revolves around the places to visit on a 10 days trip, how to plan your transport, accommodation, meals etc. Keep on reading the below information helps you immensely to plan your Sri Lanka trip. This valuable piece of information guide you to plan the best Sri Lanka 10-day tour with breathtaking scenery in the mountains, fascinating wildlife in Yala, and palm-fringed sandy beaches on the west coast while learning about thousands of years of old crumbling monuments in the cultural triangle.

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Are you wondering what are the 10 best places to visit on a Sri Lanka 10 days tour? Or perhaps you might be wondering what are the places to visit on a Sri Lanka 10 days itinerary. Perhaps you will be searching for places to visit as you plan to travel for 10 days to Sri Lanka. Whatever you look for, this blog post is going to help you with your Sri Lanka 10 days tour. This blog post mainly revolves around the places to visit on a 10 days trip, how to plan your transport, accommodation, meals etc. Keep on reading the below information helps you immensely to plan your Sri Lanka trip. This valuable piece of information guide you to plan the best Sri Lanka 10-day tour with breathtaking scenery in the mountains, fascinating wildlife in Yala, and palm-fringed sandy beaches on the west coast while learning about thousands of years of old crumbling monuments in the cultural triangle.

SRI LANKA TRAVEL ITINERARY 10 DAYS AND 10 BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN SRI LANKA

10 BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN SRI LANKA & SRI LANKA 10-DAY TOUR

WHAT ARE THE 10 BEST PLACES TO VISIT ON SRI LANKA 10 DAYS PACKAGE TOUR?

  1. Colombo
  2. Sigiriya
  3. Kandy
  4. Anuradhapura
  5. Polonnaruwa
  6. Kandy
  7. Nuwara Eliya
  8. Yala
  9. Galle
  10. Bentota

SRI LANKA 10 DAY TOUR & 10 BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN SRI LANKA

The 10 best places mentioned above come from various parts of the island, therefore you need to scratch a large part of the country to see them. Some of the places mentioned above come from the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka while some other places are found on the southern and west coasts of Sri Lanka. Kandy and Nuwara Eliya also come under the 10 best places to visit in Sri Lanka and they are located in the central province of Sri Lanka. However, the Sri Lanka 10-day tour organized by Seerendipity allows you to explore all of these places and many more without any hassle. The Below mentioned Sri Lanka 10 days tour also includes time to relax on the beach.

Beaches are among the best places to visit in Sri Lanka in 10 days

The West and southern coasts of Sri Lanka (Kalpitiya, Marawila, Negombo, Wadduwa, Kalutara, Bentota, Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna, Tangalle), beaches are the most popular beach resorts on the island while rainforests, historical monument, water sports centre, wildlife reserves, Ayurveda health resorts, adventure activities are also some other important reasons for visitors to be impressed.

The pristine beach of Bentota is ranked among the best beaches on the island and it bags more than half of the beach holiday lovers of Sri Lanka. Bentota beach has been able to secure a place in the 10 best places to visit in Sri Lanka.

Here are the most popular 15 beaches on the island for beach holidays. The guests are requested to find out the best time of the year to head on to these beaches. West and south coast beaches have the best conditions for beach holidays from November to April while east coast beaches are suitable for holidays from April to November while

  1. Kalpitiya beach-west coast
  2. Negombo beach -west coast
  3. Marawila beach -west coast
  4. Kalutara beach -west coast
  5. Bentota beach -west coast
  6. Hikkaduwa beach -west coast
  7. Unawatuna beach -west coast
  8. Weligama beach -west coast
  9. Mirissa beach-south coast
  10. Tangalle beach -south coast
  11. Hambantota beach -south coast
  12. Nilaveli beach -east coast
  13. Pasikudah beach -east coast
  14. Kalkudah beach -east coast
  15. Arugam bay beach -east coast

Sri Lanka provides 1300km of pristine beaches for relaxation. However, a large part of those beaches lies in isolation and attracts hardly any traveller. The majority of travellers that arrive in Sri Lanka take refuge on west coast beaches, which account to be around 50% of the total number of foreign travellers on the island. About 25% of travellers in Sri Lanka head on to the south coast while other tourists head to the east coast beaches.

We are concentrating on western and southern coast beaches in this article. They are the most popular beaches for relaxing beach holidays on the island. The 10 days tour itinerary that we discuss here is meant to use during the winter season (from November to April). Western and southern coast beaches have the best settings for holidays during this period.

Sri Lanka’s upcountry is among the best places to visit in Sri Lanka in 10 days

Sri Lanka‘s upcountry cannot be left out of Sri Lanka 10 days package,  (Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Bandarawela, Ella, Haputale) Green capped mountains peaks, isolated patches of forests, cascading waterfalls, tea plantations, culture and tradition and the healing climate with sites for adventure sports, upcountry attracts a large number of Sri Lankan visitors and part of most Sri Lanka tour packages.

The cultural triangle is among the best places to visit in Sri Lanka in 10 days

Visiting historical cities is part of most multi-day Sri Lanka tour packages such as the Sri Lanka 10 days package. The cultural triangle with Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Dambulla, Sigiriya, Pidurangala, and Matale is the essence of Sri Lankan history and houses many UNESCO world heritage sites of Sri Lanka.

Many historical monuments in the cultural triangle are coming under the best places to visit in Sri Lanka in 10 days. The cultural triangle is visited by a large number of foreign as well as local travellers. Usually, the travellers need to venture on a Sri Lanka 3 days tour to cover important cities in the cultural triangle. Most numbers of the UNESCO world heritage sites of Sri Lanka are concentrated in the cultural triangle. Therefore, the cultural triangle is a part of most of Sri Lanka’s 10-day tours.

The cultural triangle hides many important historical monuments that are categorized under places to visit in Sri Lanka in 10 days such as Sigiriya, Dambulla cave temple, Polonnaruwa, Kandy, and Anuradhapura. Usually, Sri Lanka 10 days package kicks off with a visit to the cultural triangle. The guests stay the first few days in the cultural triangle, it can be 2 to 4 days depending on the tour package.

What are the 13 Best cultural places included in Sri Lanka 10 days package tour?

  1. Sri maha body-Anuradhapura
  2. Ruwanweliseya dagoba-Anuradhapura
  3. Jetawanarama dagoba-Anuradhapura
  4. Thuparama dagoba-Anuradhapura
  5. Twin pond-Anuradhapura
  6. Samadhi Buddha-Anuradhapura
  7. Abhayagir dagoba-Anuradhapura
  8. Archaeological museum-Polonnaruwa
  9. Parakramabahi place-Polonnaruwa
  10. Rankothe Vehera-Polonnaruwa
  11. Gal Viharaya -Polonnaruwa
  12. Vatadage and Atadage-Polonnaruwa
  13. Mihintale-the cradle of Buddhism in Sri Lanka
This 3-day Sri Lanka tour includes important cultural and historical monuments such as Sigiriya rock, Dambulla golden temple, Polonnaruwa and Kandy. The tour also includes wildlife tours, a spice/herbal garden, Peradeniya botanical garden and many other places.

The North and East are optional tourist attractions to visit on a Sri Lanka 10-day tour

The North and East are not mandatory in most Sri Lanka 10-day tours. However, Trincomalee, Nilaveli, Kalkudah, Pasikudah, and Jaffna are in the tourist radar since 2009, after ending the civil war. A considerable portion of Sri Lankan tourist traffic heading to this part of the country from May to October, to explore the Hindu culture, beautiful beaches and fascinating landscape. However, this Sri Lanka itinerary of 10 days does not include northeast Sri Lanka due to timing constraints.

Planning a Sri Lanka 10-day tour

Planning a self-guided tour in a foreign country is a huge task! There are many ways to book accommodation, transportation, sightseeing tours and activities, but it is very tricky to figure out how to get the best deal, where to get it and the easiest way to get it.

This blog post is mainly about “places to visit in Sri Lanka in 10 days” and a Sri Lanka 10-day tour. This blog post intends to provide comprehensive step-by-step instructions to plan a Sri Lanka 10 days package with visits to the best places to visit in Sri Lanka in 10 days.

This Sri Lanka 10 days package is tried and true, a large number of customers have already booked this Sri Lanka 10-day tour with us and most of them are highly satisfied with the tour itinerary. Head on to the tour itinerary page and check on the reviews.

The budget of this Sri Lanka 10 days package is based on 4* hotels and resorts, however, it can be curtailed by using the lower category of accommodation. The tour package can be customized to suit the individual requirement by contacting the serendipity tours at admin@seerendipitytours.com. The rates are based on a double sharing basis, please contact us if you need to book it individually. Seerendipity tours are the sole organisation of this Sri Lanka 10 days package. If you like to book the tour please contact Seerendipity tours.

However, the indicated budget may go up and down in a certain period of the year, for instance, the accommodation cost might marginally increase in the month of December, while room rates sink in the month of September.

This tour package can be easily converted to a self-guided Sri Lanka 10-day tour. If you are a backpacker and like to travel on your own, you can follow the day-wise program on your own.

If you need more information on how to plan this Sri Lanka itinerary for 10 days, please don’t hesitate to contact us. If you need assistance to find affordable accommodation or transportation for your trip, you are free to get in touch with us by email id admin@seerendipitytours.com.

The cost of a Sri Lanka 10-day tour

Accommodation, Transportation and entrance fees are the major expense in this Sri Lanka 10 days package. Accommodation is the most expensive part of any Sri Lanka 10 days package, depending on the star category of the hotels the cost varies. However, in this Sri Lanka 10-day tour, the guest is staying in 4* star hotels. The cost of the 10 days tour is US$ 890 per person.

According to my experience, it is not necessary to book star-class hotels in order to have a comfortable and safe Sri Lanka tour and beach holiday. There is a large number of options such as dormitories, guest houses, rest houses, rent rooms etc providing nice, calm and clean accommodation facilities at a fraction of money that travellers pay at the hotel.

How to plan accommodation for your self-guided 10 days tour package?

In popular tourist areas, accommodation facilities are available in many varieties and at varying prices. These accommodation facilities can be broadly divided into 3 categories luxury hotels, middle-class hotels and affordable accommodation facilities. Try to book the accommodation on your own as much as possible during the tour, if you can book the accommodation directly with the hotel you might be able to get a good rate. Especially with guest house type of affordable accommodation facilities.

Unlike in big hotels, where there is a fixed rate for the accommodation and meals, the guests are able to negotiate room rates at affordable accommodation providers such as guest houses and rent rooms. Most of these affordable accommodation facilities are fully maintained by individual owners.

If you hunt for bargain accommodation, So be prepared to bargain! do it directly with the accommodation facilitators. If you make the booking through third parties the rates might increase between 10% to 30%.

Best way to travel on your Sri Lanka 10-day tour

It is the transport that is most important in Sri Lanka’s 10-day tour package after accommodation. Having a private vehicle with a local driver is the most convenient and best way of travelling in Sri Lanka. It is a bit tricky to drive around the island if you are not familiar with the chaotic traffic on the island. If you are a foreigner, it is highly recommended to hire a vehicle with a Local driver for the entire trip. With a private vehicle and a local driver, you can cover more ground at your own pace and save time for relaxation and sightseeing. After all, it eliminated unnecessary stress.

On this venture to visit the 15 best places to visit in Sri Lanka in 10 days, we have planned your transport in an air-conditioned luxury vehicle. This fully air-conditioned vehicle has the most modern facilities such as reclining seats, WIFI, climate control etc.

What is the best itinerary for the Sri Lanka 10-day tour?

  • Day 1: Negombo
  • Day 2: Anuradhapura
  • Day 3: Habarana
  • Day 4: Sigiriya/Dambulla
  • Day 5: Polonnaruwa
  • Day 6: Kandy
  • Day 7: Nuwara Eliya
  • Day 8: Yala/Tissamharama
  • Day 9: Unawatuna/Galle
  • Day 10: Colombo
This 10-day private Colombo package includes 6 UNESCO World Heritage sites: Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Golden Temple of Dambulla, Galle Fort, and Temple of the tooth relic with Sri Lanka mountain resorts, southern national parks, and western and southern beach resorts.

Day 1 of Sri Lanka 10-day tour

Sri Lanka’s 10-day tour starts from Colombo. Because most foreign travellers land in the Katunayake international airport near the beach resort of Negombo. Or perhaps they enter the country through the Colombo harbour. therefore most Sri Lanka tour packages start in Colombo, and so is this Sri Lanka 10-day tour.

Usually, most travellers do not wish to take major sightseeing tours on the first day of the trip, just after the flight and they like to have a rest. In order to accommodate this requirement, we have planned the first overnight stay of the trip in Negombo. Same time there are no activities planned for the day, just relaxing in a beach resort. The first overnight stay in a beach resort near the airport allows you to have some rest and leisure after a short drive from the airport.

Negombo is a well-developed tourist resort with plenty of options for accommodation, dining, recreation and sightseeing tours. Most tourists ended up near Lewis road, which runs parallel to the beach, and most accommodation providers have their institutions along Lewis road.

None of the attractions in Negombo is listed under the best places to visit in Sri Lanka in 10 days, therefore no Negombo sightseeing tour is included in the itinerary. However, there are a few places to visit in Negombo such as the Negombo fish market, lagoons, and a few churches and that can be booked by calling Seerendipity tours.

Day 2 of Sri Lanka 10 day tour -Negombo / Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura is the first capital of Sri Lanka and dates back to the 3rd century BC. All cultural tours start in Anuradhapura which is a UNESCO world heritage site. Anuradhapura is a major tourist attraction in the north-central province of Sri Lanka, and it is one of the 15 best places to visit in Sri Lanka within 10 days.

Day 3 of Sri Lanka itinerary 10 days

After breakfast explore the ancient city of Anuradhapura. The city tour will last around 3 hours. There are many major tourist attractions in Anuradhapura. After exploring the ruins it is time to head to the next base (Habarana) of 10 day Sri Lank tour, which is 80 KM away from Anuradhapura.

Habarana is a laid-back city in the north-central province of Sri Lanka. located in the centre of the Sri Lanka cultural triangle, therefore most travellers use Habarana as the base of their Sri Lanka tours when they are exploring the cultural triangle. Since it is centrally located in the cultural triangle, Habarana provides easy access to Sigiriya, Dambulla, Anuradhapura, Kandy and Polonnaruwa. However, Habarana does not include major tourist places to visit in Sri Lanka in 10 days.

Sigiriya rock fortress is a 5th-century palace complex with landscaped gardens, moats, swimming pools, fountains, paintings, and a palace. At the top of the monolithic rock, at an elevation of 500 meters above sea level, King Kashyapa built his royal palace. The frescoes are to be found halfway down the track on the upward journey.

Day 4 of Sri Lanka itinerary 10 days

After the breakfast drive to the Sigiriya rock fortress, one of the most important and most visited historical sites in the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka. It is also one of the best places to visit in Sri Lanka in 10 days.

Climbing Sigiriya rock

Entrance fees to Sigiriya are US$ 35 per person. However, when you book Sri Lanka 10 days tour with Seerendipity tours, it is already included and your guide will take you around Sigiriya rock fortress.

You will climb the rock early in the morning or afternoon in order to avoid the high temperature at the site. Don’t forget to take a bottle of water with you, you might be thirsty as you go up. After exploring the rock fortress, it is time to have a rest and lunch at a local restaurant.

You might need to get a site guide if you do it as a self-guided trip, in order to learn about the Sigiriya rock fortress and its vibrant history in detail. These guides are speaking almost all languages in the world and are very educated about the site. The guide fee is about Rs 2500, it is advisable to fix the price with the guide before the upward march. But if you have a guidebook there will be no requirement for a local guide.

Day 5 

After breakfast leave for Polonnaruwa, in order to explore the second most historical city of Sri Lanka. Polonnaruwa is an important city and it is one of the top places to visit in Sri Lanka in 10 days. The distance from Habarana to Polonnaruwa is 45 KM and the journey takes around 1 hour.

The entrance fee for the Polonnaruwa historical site and the museum is US$ 25 per person. Entrance tickets can be bought only at the archaeological museum.

The historical city of Polonnaruwa is not as big as Anuradhapura and there is no difficulty in exploring the city by foot. The bicycle is another popular option to travel between monuments in the city. Later return journey to the hotel in Habarana for the dinner and overnight stay.

Day 6 

Leave for Kandy, another top tourist attraction on the island after breakfast. Kandy is another best place to visit in Sri Lanka in 10 days. The distance from Habarana to Kandy is 100 km and the drive takes around 2 hours. For the next 2 days, the base of our Sri Lanka 10-day tour is in Kandy.

There are several interesting places to visit on the way to Kandy from Habarana, however, the time spent on each place largely depends on the availability of time. Some of the interesting places to be found between Habaran and Kandy are the spice garden, Muttumari Amman temple, Batik factory, and Matale Aluvihara.

Later in the day Kandy city tour, the city tour includes places such as the Royal botanical garden, the Kandyan cultural show, and the Temple of the tooth relic. Most travellers wish to have some time to explore the busy shopping area too. All these places are located close to each other and do not take much time to travel between places. In fact, you can have a walk from one place to another except to the Royal botanical garden.

visiting tooth relic temple

The tooth relic temple is the most important tourist attraction in the city. The best time to explore the temple of the tooth relic is at 05.30, 09.30 or 18.30 every day, due to the service ritual, each time the ritual lasts 1 hour. Learn more about the thevava ritual.

Just before the ritual at the tooth relic temple, one can witness the Kandyan cultural show and it is performed near the tooth relic temple.

Sri Lanka 3-day tour with Sigiriya rock fortress, Dambulla golden temple Kandy and Nuwara Eliya

Day 7 of Sri Lanka itinerary 10 days

After having travelled in Sri Lanka for the past 6 days now you are familiar with Sri Lanka and its people. Today we are going to Nuwara Eliya which is a well-known holiday destination in the mountains with a healing climate. We considered it one of the best places to visit in Sri Lanka in 10 days.

Sri Lanka travel itinerary 10 days: a scenic upcountry train journey

After breakfast, we are planning a train journey from Kandy to Nanu Oya, the nearest railway station to Nuwara Eliya. The journey by train from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya considered being one of the most scenic rail journeys in the world. There are several Nuwara Eliya-bound trains daily from Kandy. You will board one of the trains that depart early in the day from Kandy.

The ticket for the train ride will be arranged by Seerendipity tours. The 10 Sri Lanka tour package includes all the charges for the train journey. We advise you to travel in less crowded 2nd class compartments. The train journey lasts around 4 hours and you are passing the breathtaking scenic mountains, waterfalls, tea plantations, and many tunnels along the way.

Sri Lanka travel itinerary 10 days: Nuwara Eliya sightseeing tour

Sightseeing in Nuwara Eliya includes a visit to the Victoria garden, a walk around Gregory lake and a walk in the city. If you wish to visit a tea plantation and a tea factory you can visit a tea factory which is 10 minutes away from Nuwara Eliya, known as Pedro tea factory.

Day 8

After breakfast, drive to Tissamaharama in southern Sri Lanka from Nuwara Eliya. The journey takes around 3 hours with 2 stops (the first stop at Ravana falls, and the second stop at Sita Amman temple). You will check into the hotel at around noon and have a bit of rest and lunch before heading to Yala national park.

visiting Yala safari

One strange fact about Yala is the lack of accommodation near the wildlife reserve. Even though the Yala national park is the main tourist attraction in southern Sri Lanka accommodation facilities are not concentrated near Yala. Yala national park is also one of the Best Places to visit in Sri Lanka in 10 days.

Most of the hotels and other accommodation facilities are to be found in Tissamaharama. The distance from Tissamaharama to Yala national park is  36km and takes around 1 hour by private vehicle.

The drive from Nuwara Eliya to Tissamharama takes around 4 hours and we plan the Yala safari in the afternoon. The best time to leave for the Yala safari from Tissamaharama is 1400 hrs. Late afternoon is the best time to observe wild animals when the sun reduces its heat. Seerendipity tours arrange the jeeps and the entrance fees for your safari. The guide will inform you about the starting time of the safari.

Kataragama Temple/ Murugan Temple

Kataragama Temple or Murugan Temple is the most popular religious and historical site in southern Sri Lanka. The temple attracts thousands of devotees every day. Hop into a Kataragama-bound bus from Tissamharama, if you wish to explore this much-happening temple. The temple is only a few kilometres away from Tissamaharama. No entrance fees at Kataragama temple.

Venture on a Southern Sri Lanka tour to see the important tourist attraction on Sri Lanka’s south coast such as Wildlife parks, beaches, forts, museums, parks and town

Day 9

After a leisurely breakfast head to Unawatuna beach on the south coast. Unawatuna is one of the most beautiful secluded beaches in Sri Lanka. However, some travellers opt to have the safari on the day they, drive, to the beach resort.

Choosing the best beach for the Sri Lanka travel itinerary 10 days

Most numbers of beach holiday lovers (about 50%) heading to the south stop their journey on the west coast (Kalutara and Bentota beach resorts) about another 25% of tourist traffic heading to the south stay in Hikkaduwa and Galle, and the rest of the crowd choose hotels in Matara, Mirissa, Hambantota, Tangalle and other beaches in the deep south.

Unawatuna is a beach resort, which is suitable for sea bathing, diving, snorkelling, boating and many other saltwater-based activities. We have planned only 1 night in the beach resort. However, you can extend the beach holiday in the same resort or choose some other beach hotel for an extended beach holiday.

Day 10 of Sri Lanka 10 days package tour

After breakfast leave for Colombo En route visit Galle fort and Hikkaduwa beach. In the afternoon Colombo city tour.

Galle Fort

Galle Fort is one of the main tourist attractions in southern Sri Lanka, which is the only UNESCO world heritage site in Southern Sri Lanka. Therefore I thought of including Galle fort in this Sri Lanka travel itinerary for 10 days. The fort is dating back many centuries and majestically stands near the Galle harbour. A tour to southern Sri Lanka is not completed unless the Galle fortress is not included in the tour itinerary.

This nature tour includes rainforest trekking, white water rafting, safari, hiking and trekking. This adventure tour also includes whale watching based in southern Sri Lanka.

WHY YOU SHOULD BOOK A SRI LANKA TRAVEL ITINERARY FOR 10 DAYS WITH SEERENDIPITY?

Seerendipity tour is a fully locally owned travel company with a head office in Colombo. The highly experienced local staff is a key strength of Seerendipity tours and they can plan your dream holiday to Sri Lanka.

Best price for your Sri Lanka vacation packages

When you book a tour with us, you directly book the tour with the local company, which means there are no middlemen and therefore you can guarantee the best price. Simply get in touch with us and let us know when you travel and what you like to see.

Plan your best Sri Lanka vacation packages with experts

Our staff makes a personalized program for you, which you can change until you find the best package for you. You can also browse our existing tour packages for inspiration; all our ready-made tour packages are customizable and can be tailored to meet all your expectations. Write to us at admin@seerendipitytours.com

Useful reading to plan your Sri Lanka travel itinerary 10 days

Sri Lanka tourism’s official website

Sri Lank railway