10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Tallinn
Fly + taxi:  20​h 45​min
1
Kandy
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h
2
Galle
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Colombo
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Tallinn

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.
Popular historic sites such as Sigiriya and Temple of the Tooth are in your itinerary. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Karu Arts & Crafts and Pethikada. Venture out of the city with trips to Sri Muthumariamman Temple (in Matale), Dambulla (Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs & Golden Temple of Dambulla) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and make a trip to Kandy view point.

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kandy vacation planning app .

Tallinn, Estonia to Kandy is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Tallinn to Kandy due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Dambulla, Karu Arts & Crafts, Royal Botanical Gardens, Sri Muthumariamman Temple
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Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya

3
nights
Galle

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Shop till you drop at Tsunami Photo Museum and Lak Gems & Jewellery. Escape the urban bustle at Jungle Beach and Mirissa Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Galle side-trips: Bentota Beach (in Bentota), Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Mirissa). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Mihiripenna Beach and look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Galle tour builder site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Galle in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Colombo.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Mirissa, Hikkaduwa Beach, Tsunami Photo Museum, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): kick back and relax at Negombo Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Anne's Church, and then look for gifts at Jewel Qudsi.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Colombo itinerary builder website .

Take a train from Galle to Colombo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Colombo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. On the 7th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Shopping Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Negombo
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Jewel Qudsi ©
Jewel Qudsi
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach

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