Udawalawe National Park, Sri Lanka Itinerary 10 Days

SRI LANKA TRAVEL ITINERARY 10 DAYS

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Are you wondering what are the 10 best places to visit in Sri Lanka travel itinerary for 10 days? and also wondering what is the SRI LANKA 10 DAY TOUR that gives you the best holiday experience in Sri Lanka. You have come across the best piece of information that 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, 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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10 BEST PLACES TO VISIT ON SRI LANKA TRAVEL ITINERARY 10 DAYS

  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 coming 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 coming from the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka while some other places to be found on the southern and west coast of Sri Lanka.

Kandy and Nuwara Eliya also coming under 10 best places to visit in Sri Lanks located in the central province of Sri Lanka. However, Sri Lanka 10 day tour organized by Seerendipity allows you to explore all of these places without any hassle.

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Hikkaduwa beach

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

The West and southern coast 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.

15 other popular beaches to include in Sri Lanka 10 days tour

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 best conditions for beach holidays from November to April while east coast beaches suitable for holidays from April to November while

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  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. Majority of travellers that arrive in Sri Lanka take refuge in 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 south coast while other tourists head to 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 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.

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Ramboda falls

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 from 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.

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

Visiting historical cities are part of most multi-day Sri Lanka tour packages such as Sri Lanka 10 days package. Cultural triangle with Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Dambulla, Sigiriya, Pidurangala, 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 best places to visit in Sri Lanka in 10 days. 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 UNESCO world heritage sites of Sri Lanka are concentrated in the cultural triangle. Therefore, the cultural triangle is a part of most Sri Lanka 10-day tour.

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, Anuradhapura. Usually, Sri Lanka 10 days package kicks off with the visit to the cultural triangle. The gusts stay first few days in the cultural triangle, it can be 2 to 4 days depending on the tour package.

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Sigiriya rock fortress

15 Best places in the cultural triangle to include in Sri Lanka 10 days 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

The North and East 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, Jaffna are in the tourist radar since 2009, after ending the civil war. A considerable portion of Sri Lankan tourist traffic is 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 10 days does not include North-east Sri Lanka due to the timing constraints.

Planing 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 the comprehensive step by step instructions to plan a Sri Lanka 10 days package with visits to 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 lowe category of accommodation. The tour package can be customized to suit the individual requirement by contacting the serendipity tours on admin@seerendipitytours.com. The rates are based on the double sharing basis, please contact us if you need to book it individually. Seerendipity tours are the sole organized of this Sri Lanka 10 days package. If you like to book the tour please contacts seerendipity tours.

However, the indicated budget may go up and down in the 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 your own, you can follow the day-wise program your own.

If you need more information on how to plan this Sri Lanka itinerary 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 on email id admin@seerendipitytours.com.

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The cost of 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 house, rest house, 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 varying prices. These accommodation facilities can be broadly divided into 3 categories luxury hotel, middle-class hotels and affordable accommodation facilities. Try to book the accommodation 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 on room rates at affordable accommodation providers such as guest houses and rent rooms. Most of these affordable accommodation facilities are fully maintained by the 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 the 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 most important in Sri Lanka 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 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 local driver, you can cover more ground at your own pace and save time for relaxations and sightseeing. Afterall it eliminated unnecessary stress.

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

Sri Lanka 10 day tour itinerary in a nutshell

  • 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

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Sri Lanka 10 day tour map
Sri Lanka 10 day tour map

Day 1 of Sri Lanka 10 day tour

Sri Lanka 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, 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 times 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 allowing 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 the Lewis road, which runs parallel to the beach, most accommodation providers have their institution along the Lewis road.

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

Mirissa beach

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

Anuradhapura is the first capital of Sri Lanka and dates back to 3rd century BC. All cultural tours start in Anuradhapura which is 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.

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Day 3 of Sri Lanka itinerary 10 days

After the 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 heading to the next base (Habarana) of 10 days 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 using 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.

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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 in 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 the Sigiriya rock fortress and its vibrant history in detail. These guides are speaking almost all languages in the world and 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.

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Day 5 of Sri Lanka itinerary 10 days

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 fees for the Polonnaruwa historical site and the museum is US$ 25 per person. Entrance ticket can be bought only at the archaeological museum.

The historical city of Polonnaruwa is not as big as Anuradhapura and there is no difficulty of 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.

Sri Lanka Cultural Triangle Tour, Anuradhapura or Polonnaruwa

Day 6 of Sri Lanka itinerary 10 days

Leave for Kandy, another top tourist attraction on the island after breakfast. Kandy is another best places 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 spice garden, Muttumari Amman temple, Batik factory, Matale Aluvihara.

Later in the day Kandy city tour, the city tour includes places such as the Royal botanical garden, Kandyan cultural show, 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 in between the places. In fact, you can have a walk from one place to others except to the Royal botanical garden.

Sri Lanka travel itinerary 10 days: visiting tooth relic temple

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 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.

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Day 7 of Sri Lanka itinerary 10 days

After having travelled in Sri Lanka during the past 6 days now you are familiar with Sri Lanka and its people. Today we are going to Nuwara Eliya which is the well known holiday destination in the mountains with healing climate. We considered it as 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 fo 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 a less crowded 2nd class compartments. The train journey lasts around 4 hours and you are passing the breathtaking scenic mountains, waterfalls, tea plantations, 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, walk around Gregory lake and a walk in the city. If you wish to visit a tea plantation and a tea factory one can visit a tea factory which is 10 minutes away from Nuwara Eliya, known as Pedro tea factory.

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Day 8 of Sri Lanka itinerary 10 days

After the breakfast, drive to Tissamaharama in southern Sri Lanka from Nuwara Eliya. The journey takes around 3 hours with 2 stops (first-stop at Ravana falls, and the second stop at Seetha 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.

Sri Lanka travel itinerary 10 days: visitng 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 to be found in Tissamaharama. The distance from Tissamaharama to Yala national park is  36km and takes around 1 hour by a 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 Yala safari from Tissamaharama is 1400 hrs. Late afternoon is the best time to observe the 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 safari.

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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 Katargama 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.

Day 9 of Sri Lanka itinerary 10 days

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, driver, 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 south stay in Hikkaduwa and Galle, 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.

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Galle Fort is a UNESCO world heritage site and included in most Sri Lanka trips to Galle.

Day 10 of Sri Lanka itinerary 10 days

After the 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 attraction in southern Sri Lanka, which is the only UNESCO world heritage site in Southern Sri Lanka. Therefore I thought including Galle fort to this Sri Lanka travel itinerary 10 days. The fort is dating back to 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.

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

Seerendipity tour is a fully locally owned travel company with the 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 trip

When you book a tour with us, you directly book the tour with the local company, it 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.

Local expertise and personalize service

Our staff make 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 us on admin@seerendipitytours.com

Useful reading to plan your Sri Lanka travel itinerary 10 days

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