Which are the best places to visit in a 10 day tour of sri Lanka?Want suggestions for best hotels in all these places as well.


Country: Sri Lanka


Hi i am John from the UK now living in Negombo Sri lanka with my family. Many places are still out of bounds here because of the fighting. The North and East for example as well as parts of the South. I have two holiday chalets which i rent to foreigners and which are very popular at $100 a week sleeping 3/4 people max. Just 15 minutes from the airport 7/8 from the beach and town centre Negombo. Fully booked until the end July but from here you can undertake day trips from your base here to any of the major spots in Sri Lanka. Kandy, Elephant Orphanage, Dumbulla, Sigiyira etc. We can also organise tansport for you at local not tourist rates if you wish. We are not scammers or touts. We are genuine people and we have excellent client references from all over the world. You can speak to any of our former tenants at any time by mail or phone just ask. British. American. Dutch. German. Italian. Swedish. Australian. Korean. You choose. We have had all kinds of people stay in our chalets. We are on facebook shamila john is our name there or HI5 or friends reunited sites. Or just send me your e mail and i will mail you pictures and details. Mine is or call 0094312227144 or 0094776021406. Thanks. John
Hi One central location from which you can see the ruined cities of Sri Lanka is Giritale, and the best hotel there is the Deer Park.

From here you can visit Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya rock fortress, Dambulla cave temples and visit the nearby national parks to see hundreds of wild elephants gathering at water holes. All of these are 20 minutes from the Deer Park.

Colombo is also an interesting location and you can stay at Casa Colombo

Another good location to visit is Galle, and the Dutch House in Galle is the best place to stay.

Enjoy your holiday.
It depends on what you are interested in.
And also the time of year.
I cannot speak for historic places, the South or West.
As a European living in Arugam Bay on the totally unspoiled East Coast I can truly recommend this area if you are a surfer or like Nature, as it was for 1,000's of years.
Security is no problem at all: Colombo is far more dangerous than AbaY: We NEVER had a conflict here, no bombs or air attacts. In any event, it it is a war between Locals, and No visitor has been targeted or harmed.
There are plenty of Info web sites dealing with all corners of this beautiful island.
For the East I can recommend Facebook: "Arugam Surf" or the home page of the Hotel Association AbHa:

All hotels are listed there, together with feed back and traveler's own reports.
Se you in the peaceful Bay? Maybe!
Dear Friend,
within 10 days you can do lot. but it depend on your interest. so first we want to no your basic interest area. tell us weather it is cultural or natural beauties you want to see. or you want to be in the beach getting tanned and do some simple things to break the monotony.
any way still north and east is not possible. rest of the country is safe to travel.
to advise you on more fruitful way tell us about your interests.
I am wasantha, a proffessional tour guide, as well as a tour operator.To suggest a better tour, first I must know your interests, but I will give you a basic tour itenary in which you will cover most of Sri lanka and it's tourist attractions.
If you start from Negombo or from Colombo,First day visit to Pinnawala the elephant orpahnage world's first elephant orphanage where you can see many baby elephants and you can see the only higher cast elephant in the world.also you can handle elephants as you like.then proceed to dambulla on the way visiting a 5000 years old cemetry.Dambulla has the largest cave in sri lanka as well as a buddhist temple which has the most area of rock paintings in a relegeous place in the world.Stay the night in Dambulla and proceed to Anuradhapura the second day.Anuradhapura is the first recorded kingdom in Sri lanka, dates back to 2500 years and have many ancient artifacts and monuments including the oldest recorded tree in the world and the amazing Samadhi Buddha statue which has three different impressions in the same the evening visit to a huge man made lake where you can see the beauty of the sunset with the huge dagobas in the day visit to Mihintale the cradle of buddhism and the ancient ruins of the hospital which dates back to 7th century A.D.Third day stay in Dambulla and fourth day visit to Polonnaruwa second ancient capital of Si lanka which has ruins of ancient castles Buddhist and Hindu Temples.Stay in Sigiriya and fifth day climb 600 feet high Sigiriya rock to see the most impressive rock frescos and the castle ruins on top with the ancient water management system.Afternoon visit Minneriya the largest man made lake in sri Lanka to see wild elephants coming to drink and play in the lake.Sixth day proceed to Kandy, the last kingdom of sri lanka, on the way see a wood craft palce, where you can see the skills of sri Lankan Craftmen and how they make different natural colours from the same wood.then visit a place where you can see the different products from the coconut tree,how they make it.then visit a spice garden where you will see all varieties of Sri Lanka's famous spices and their medicinal values and effects on the body.then vist a Batik factory to see how they make batik with free handed designes.Please note that we take you to these places to show you the sri lankan skills, and not compulsary to buy, and you can buy if you are interested only.Then stay the night in Kandy.Seventh day visit to a gem museum to see all varieties of Sri Lankan Gems and how the gems are excavated from the ground,because sri lanka is world famous for quality gems.Then visit the famous Botanical gardens which has more than 10000 species of plants colection.Then visit the Sri Lanka Hadicraft s centre with many Silver Bronz and wooden handicrafts.In the evening visit the cultural show with many dances and firewalking.Eighth day morning visit the holly temple of tooth relic and proceed to Nuwara eliya, on the way visit a tea factory to see how they make Sri Lanka's famous tea.In Nuwara Eliya visit the Winterclothes market where you can buy, many famous brands of winterclothes at a cheap price.then visit the normal market and stay in nuwara Eliya.Then 9th day proceed to coastal area and passing breath takihg view of Ella gap,waterfalls ,turtle farms ,famous Galle dutch fort, stilt fishing,and stay in the beach closer to colombo.10th day departure.This itenary can be changed according to the clients wish.we have avoided the areas where there were civil disturbances, but now cleared.If the clients wish we can include the eastern part and the North of Sri Lanka.Suggested tour above, is very safe and there are no disturbances what so ever to our knowledge.To know about the Hotels and the rates, please contact
Hi James. I'm sujeewa. You can start your tour from colombo. dambulla, sigiriya, May be polonnaruwa, Then kandy. Elephant orphanage in pinnawala.From there you can go to nuwaraeliya. In there you can see a very nice water falls, Tea fields, Tea factory ect.. Then ella, tissamaharama. From there if you like you can do the Yala safari. After that you can travel along the beach area. Mirissa, Unawatuna, Galle, Hikkaduwa very nice beaches. then back to colombo airport. About hotels... if you like you can get pirvate villas. That depends on how many people are travelling with you. About the transport we can supply any vehicle according to your choice.All the vehicles fully aircondition and fully insured with passenger cover. This is my email
Dear Travellers,
well I am representing the the bigest Tourist destination of SriLanka.. I am a Tour Giude now by proffection, My ealier carrier was working as an entertainer for leading resort hotels(water sports, indoor & Out door sports, Yoga,Dancing ,Theaters & Dj Music)
Well I am planing a Tour by concidering the interests of Traveller.. we have a rich Culture, beautiful beaches, wild life, religious Activities.. and wounderful Nature.. at selecting desire accomodation, renting Houses , resort hotels, camping, and Echo Hotels can be chosen..
well i can give you a reasonable Tour pakage with accomadation, after realizing the interests of the Traveller.. please check some beautiful pictures of sri lanka under the web site
Tank you!!
your young Travell Guide..
Ruwan s. de silva
Are you nature lover/.Start Colombo.First day visit can stay Mount Lavinia Hotel in Galkissa near Colombo. 2nd day you can visit down south.Bentota is a very beautiful place for beach can stay Taj Samudra hotel in Bentota.It is good for 2days. 4th day you can visit Hikkaduwa.Coral Garden Hotel or Light House hotel in Galle.6th day you can visit the ancient city of Sri Lanka. Tissa & Kataragama.Their are many nice Oasis hotel in Hambantota.8th day you can go up country via Ella Valla Waya Road.Nuwara Eliya Tea Factory hotel is very nice place for nature lovers. then 10th day you can come Colombo via Kandy.
hi James...u can have a nice itinerary in 10days..since i presume u are coming on holiday,do not try to overload the journey with lots of places..i suggest divide 3days each for few places,then u can really enjoy.. i recommend this itinerary..
start from anuradhapura/pollonnaruwa/sigiraya
if interested in luxury there are pretty nice hotels like
Vil Uyana/Elephant corridor or go to kandalama hotel in dambulla side..its a on the same route

go to nuwara eliya the hill country,tea plantation paradise
The Tea factory Hotel is a definite recommendation
its a different experience ..a tea factory converted to a 5star hotel..even Prince Charles have been there.

and u can climb down to yala side atay at a luxury Beach chalet at Yala village hotel
Visit the Yala National Park.

and head colombo,from the down south route and do some shopping in col..u get pretty high quality garments for quite a cheap prices compared to ur countries..

this is a summary of what u can do..and my favourite places :)
if u need more not hesitate to contact me on (with a heading )i will be glad to help u out..
Hi James

Depends on your interests mate. There is a lot or little you can do in ten days depending on whether your holiday is for recreational, vacation or education purpose. Let me know which and perhaps i can better answer your question
It mainly depends on your interests, for us to advice where you should go.

Well juust to guide you,

You can straightly head to down south from th Airport, may be Hikkaduwa where you can enjoy the beach and go and visit the cioral Sanctuary here.You can spend a couple of days here and head towards Yala,which is a wildlife santuary where you can find wild elephants.after that from Yala you can go towards the hill country.Especially Kandy and Nuwaraeliya. Then head to the cultuyral traingle starting from sigiriya and then to Anuradahapura and polonnaruwa. agfain Get Back to Colombo spend some time shopping and return home.
Hello James,
Your question has received many answers and some have covered the major touristic areas of travel. But I must warn you that such a tour can be extremely tiring as it involves extensive travelling even though most of the roads now are in good condition.

There are many more areas of interest and it all demends on your interest. An interesting tour can be arranged to fit around your area of interest.

Please feel free to talk to me. Skype - olivia.werapermall or email
Hi James,
definitely you can have a great time in Sri Lanka while having an unforgettable experience.As I think the tour should be organized according to your preference and your interests.
I think this is your 1st tour in Sri Lanka,so what you can do is to select the best tour schedule which covers major touristic ares while having accommodation in Luxury hotels.

We can organize you an interesting tour with your preference and our experience.

Just spend few minutes for this to get an idea of a schedule which we can offer you.
and if you need more information feel free to contact me.
It's a pleasure if we could help you with your tour.
Have a Great Time !!!!!!!!

mmmm... there are very gud places in srilanka.
there are gud hotels in negombo, marawila beach side.
they doesnt cost u a lot.
and also there are places with beatiful scenary in srilanka in the upcountry side. like nuwara eliya , matale , haputale and so on. if u are really interested u can check them in google earth.
there are lots of places to hav fun.
there are forests like yala , where u can see the rare activities of wild animals.
even for accomodation there are very gud hotels in everywhere where u can feel the comport.
HI i am a Photographer/Designer now based in Colombo Sri Lanka. I moved over here from the Uk after Ten years of living away from my island of SRI LANKA.

Even with the civil war about to come to and end after nearly two and half decades, there are a few amazing places still on restriction which we still cant gain access to but don;t be put off by that.

Since moving back to SRI LANKA in late 2005 I have been able to travel to many parts of this paradise Isle and have been able to document some fantastic imagery.

I personally will suggest a few location below depending on how long you plan to visit Sri Lanka.
Recently two of my mates arrived in SRI LANKA from London and they were from Montenegro, yugoslavia and One from poland as well. They managed to do quite alot within a 2 week stay although ideally i suggest at least 3 weeks would be a great time to be able to see quite alot but not all. Even though we are a tiny isle, we have such a vast diversity of wild life, history, beach life, culture, and marine life which will blow your mind away. If you do travel before the end of April you will be lucky to witness the Whale and dolphin migration which has been one of the major tourist attractions here since early this year although the whales have been moving along our coastal waters since the 60's

Well here goes.

Mirissa & Kalpitiya: West Coast, for Dolphins & Whales of which u will get to see Sperm Whales, Hump Back Whales and the largest living mammal or living being, The Blue Whale and SL is amongst the top three in the world to witness all these species in the same waters and only for less than 40 Euros u get to go on a 30ft boat with a few other people and witness their movement.

Kandy and the hill country you can do within two days and see the main Kandy Temple of the tooth and u can do some research on Kandy and Nuwara Eliya which is little England even with the climate where U can see and feel two types of weather throughout the year in SRI LANKA...The cold up in the hill country and Warm weather around the rest of the isle.

Galle and southern coast for a few days to enjoy the beach and marine life and hikkaduwa to see the Tiurtle hattcheries and see sri lanka's one and only albino turtle which survived the Tsunami of 2004

U can also do something different and visit a few homes with children who were affected by teh Tsunami and how they have moved on with their lives through rehab by many ORGs

Shop in colombo for a few days and you would have done a bit and if u have time do Yala with me as i go their a lot to capture my passion which is the Leopard and sloth Bear in the Yala National Wild Life Park.

Hope this helps
Do contact me on

Will give u my contact details when u do contact me..

Best regards

Angelo Samarawickrema
Photographer/Graphic Designer
Sri lanka/UK
Dear Mr. James,

Thank you for visiting the website and inquiring about a LOW COST LUXURY HOLIDAY to Super Sri Lanka.

We are the premier internet-based tour operator in Sri Lanka, offering the BEST TOUR PACKAGES, at the best hotels and beach resorts, for THE LOWEST RATES!

According to your requirements, please find the following suggested LUXURY TOUR PACKAGE at a very SPECIAL DISCOUNTED RATE:

Overnight at THE GRAND ORIENTAL HOTEL, Colombo

Overnight at the GALWAY MIRIDIYA LODGE, Anuradhapura

Overnight at HOTEL SUDU ARALIYA, Polonnaruwa

Overnight at the SIGIRIYA HOTEL, Sigiriya

Overnight at the HOTEL HILL TOP, Kandy

Overnight at the HOTEL HILL TOP, Kandy

Overnight at the GALWAY FOREST LODGE, Nuwara Eliya

Overnight at the GALWAY FOREST LODGE, Nuwara Eliya

Overnight at the SERENDIB HOTEL, Bentota

Overnight at SERENDIB HOTEL, Bentota

End of tour.
Glad to know that you are willing to travel "The land like no other".
There are many attractions suites to every tastes avail in my country at no cost OR at definitely affordable amount, hence you can have guaranteed fun here in Sri Lanka.
I think it's better to surf the net [just have google search on Sri Lanka..]to get an in-depth idea for what you prefer to have in here & arrange your tour accordingly.
In addition to that go through Ms Chanaki,Mr Azad & Mr Wasantha's detailed answers in this regard [in the same page]as I suppose they have given valuable answers to your ques

hello james thanks for choosing localyte is make u all of your tour problam so i am from galle living in dalawella nice sunset beach so here my answer for u 1 day galle u can stay in dalawella beach resort hotel rooms and cabana u can get sea view also u can do here diving turtel watching surfing snorkling in natural swimming pool also fishing and etc.eating at wijaya beach with nice seafood plate with red white or rose wine evening cocktail with sun set and chillout music(hotel costest) 2 day in tangalle manahara beach hotel nice long beach 3 day in tissa elephant reach hotel u can do nice safari in yala national park or udawalawe and try in sri lankan rice and curry 4 day in ella stay in ella motel with view and cup of tea in cold area growing tea plant so we are drop u in ella train station so u have to comewith train and we will u pick up u in nanu oya so train journey u can see nice lands cape, tea garden waterfall and lots tunnel 5 day in nuwara eliya stay in tea factory hotel in here u can see tea facotory and u can getleson how is tea making also u can buy tea here law rate 6 day we going to kandy stay in thilankahotel u can see here tooth temple,botinical garden, in the evening sri lankan cultural dance up and down country dance 7 day also in kandy stay in kandalama hotel 8 day in polonnaruwa stay in giritale hotel big lake view with sunset this is a ancient city 9 day sigiriya stay in hotel sigiriya 10 day u can stay in negombo at club hotel dolphin u can 30 minute to air port so here lots thing i didnt write u can see when u are with us driver has more than 15 years experiance hope u enjoy with us if u are like our service we give u nice discount and best for ur nice holiday thanks kamal
There are three deference aria that i can take you tower with me. by my own driving.(1).to down south from colombo (beautiful Beach aria)good sun sing,sea bath,relaxing,sea food,night club,what ever you like can offer. (2). to mountain side from colombo cool weather,high mountain,good hotels,relaxing,night club,flower garden,race course,beautiful nature, many more.can view worlds end. (3).to Anurahdapura side from colombo,can enjoy with culture,nature,Temples,Elephant,handcraft,hotels are ok,Ayurveda health massage,and more.
I will do my best rate for you for 10 days.
So if you are satisfied with my tours, please contact me on Tel: 0094771624892.or
1 day in galle at dalawella beach resort hotel u can see here turtel watching,surfing,snorkling,diving,sea view cabana and room watcing sun set and drink cocktails or wine or beer and sea food for dinner 2 day in tangalle at tangalla beach hotel 3 day in tissa at elephant reach hotel u can do here yala or udawalawe safari this are national parks 4 day in ella ella motel 5 day we drop u in ella train u have to get ticket to nanu oya u can do train safari we are come to nanu oua to take u u can see lots of nice views,lands cape, waterfall,and tunel stay in nuwara eliya tea factory hotel 6 day we going to kandy stay in thilanka hotel u can see here peradiniya botinical garden,tooth temple 5.45 dancing show this is sri lankan traditional dancing 7 day also stay in kandy at kandalama hotel in here u can see lots thing that why we get 2 days here 8 day we going to polonnaruwa stay at giritale hotelthis is a anciant city u can do also here elephant ride herbal massage and look or buy spicy 9 day we going to sigiriya stay in hotel sigiriya 10 day we going to negambo stay in club dolphin hotel here to air port 30 minute so if u like our service please contact us we give u nice discount and good service also we can show u more placeses and also we can do different days tours thanks kamal
1 galle
2 tangalle
3 tissa
4 ella
5 nuwara eliya
6 kandy
7 kandy
8 sigiriya
9 polonnaruwa
10 negambo
Well the best places I'd like u to see of my country are
Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna and negombo for superb beaches, surfin or snorkling

Dambulla, Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa for history as well as some exploring, good treks, adventure, biking, wild life!! U can explore the sigirya rock fortress and the pidurangala rock, Go see elephants in Minneriya national park, These are just a few of what u'll experience ofcourse.. there's way more!!

Sinharaja is superb place to visit if ur the out door kind but I doubt u'll fit it into ya 10 days.

but Take the time to explore the hills of Sri Lanka.. u can find great hotels in Kandy and nuwara eliya. Explore Badulla or Bandrawela for gorgeous scenary. Sri Lanka has some thousands of beautiful waterfalls so make sure u enjoy them while u can, they're fast disappering due to hydro projects!! :(

This should fit ya 10 days :) I'd strongly recomend 'Jet wing hotels' since they're the biggest tour operator at the moment in the country and they have the best hotels, but anyways hope u enjoy my country the way I get to, good luck mate
i hope u get my long details if not short 1 day galle 2 day tangalle 3 day tissa 4 day ella 5 day nuwara eliya 6 day kandy 7 day kandy 8 day sigiriya 9 day polonnaruwa 10 day end in negambo
Hi, I hope you have got good details for your 10 days trip from the above details. I was working as a tour executive where i had collected good details about Sri Lankan important places i guess it might give you further details for the above information, so i can forward it to you if you wish for your furhter reading. cheers.
Day 01- Airport - Sigiriya - Night at Sigiriya
Day 02 - Visit Anuradhapura & pollonnaruwa - Night at Sigiriya
Day 03 - Dambulla / Matale / Kandy - Night at Kandy
Day 04 - Kandy / Pinnawela / Kandy - Night at Kandy
Day 05 - Kandy / Nuwara Eliya - Night At Nuwara Eliya
Day 06 - Nuwara Eliya - Bentota - Night At Bentota or Beach
Day 07 - 08 - Beach stay
Day 09 - Beach / Colombo - Night at Colombo
Day 10 - Departure

This will cover Ancient / Hill country / Beach & city in Colombo . If you are interested please feel free to conatact on localyte or on zeffley

Thanks , Zeffley
Habaran chaya village or cinnomon lodge.kandy Thilnka,Nuwara eliya Grand,Ella Adventure park,Yala village,Tangalle bay beach,Galle light house,Benthota beach,Colombo cinnomon grand.
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