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Sri Lanka East Coast Itinerary: 9-Night 10-Day Adventure

  • Sri Lanka East Coast Itinerary: 9-Night 10-Day Adventure
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Tour Details

Embark on a captivating 10-day adventure along Sri Lanka East Coast Itinerary, uncovering hidden gems and cultural treasures. Immerse yourself in the vibrant city of Trincomalee, a historic port brimming with natural beauty. Witness the grandeur of the Dambulla Cave Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stand in awe of Fort Frederick, a testament to Sri Lanka’s colonial past. Pay your respects at the Koneswaram Temple, perched atop Swami Rock, and discover the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy, a sacred relic chamber. Conclude your journey with a captivating city tour of Colombo.

TOUR STARTColombo / Negombo
TOUR ENDColombo / Negombo
Private air-conditioned vehicle
Private English-speaking driver for the entire journey
Accommodations* (bed & breakfast)
Guidance to locations
All government taxes
All travel expenses are covered, including highway tolls, fuel, and parking
Sightseeing entrance charges
Train tickets
Guide/driver tips

Your Sri Lanka East Coast Itinerary Begins


Day 1: Airport – Negombo

  • Upon your arrival, we warmly welcome you to Sri Lanka and transfer you to Negombo, a serene beach town with a rich colonial heritage.
  • Relax at your hotel and recover from your journey with the comforting breezes of the Indian Ocean. This serves as a great starting point before diving into your Sri Lanka East Coast Itinerary.


Day 2: Negombo – Dambulla

  • Journey inland to Dambulla, the gateway to Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle.
  • Visit the Dambulla Cave Temple, an impressive complex of five caves filled with over 150 Buddha statues and murals spanning 2,100 square meters, making it the largest area of paintings found in the world.
  • Dambulla offers a fascinating glimpse into Sri Lanka’s rich history before continuing your Sri Lanka East Coast Itinerary.
  • Overnight stay in Dambulla.


Day 3: Dambulla – Sigiriya – Dambulla

  • Explore the iconic Sigiriya Rock Fortress, a massive column of rock nearly 200 meters high. Climb to the top for breathtaking views and discover the frescoes, the Mirror Wall, and the ruins of an ancient civilization. Sigiriya, though not directly on the coast, is a must-see for any Sri Lanka East Coast Itinerary due to its proximity and historical significance.
  • Experience the rustic charm of Sri Lankan village life with a tour that includes traditional cooking demonstrations and a catamaran ride.
  • Spend night in Dambulla.


Day 4: Dambulla – Trincomalee 

  • Today, your Sri Lanka East Coast Itinerary truly begins! Drive to Trincomalee, a coastal city renowned for its pristine beaches and the historic Fort Frederick.
  • Visit the revered Koneswaram Temple, perched atop Swami Rock, offering panoramic views of the ocean. Spend your evening relaxing on the beautiful beaches of Trincomalee, soaking up the sun and turquoise waters.
  • Overnight stay in Trincomalee.


Day 5 & 6: Trincomalee

  • Enjoy leisurely days in Trincomalee with optional excursions that perfectly complement your Sri Lanka East Coast Itinerary.
  • Explore the underwater world by snorkeling at Pigeon Island National Park, renowned for its coral reefs and vibrant marine life.
  • Consider whale or dolphin watching tours to witness these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat.
  • Explore the serene Marble Beach and the strategic Trincomalee Harbour, completing your Trincomalee experience.
  • Overnight stay in Trincomalee.


Day 7: Trincomalee – Kandy

  • Transition from the coast to the hills as you travel to Kandy, Sri Lanka’s cultural heartland.
  • Visit the Temple of the Tooth, housing a sacred relic of the tooth of the Buddha.
  • Enjoy a cultural show in the evening, showcasing traditional Kandyan dance and music. While not directly part of the Sri Lanka East Coast Itinerary, Kandy provides a delightful contrast and cultural immersion.
  • Overnight stay in Kandy.


Day 8: Kandy

  • Spend a leisurely day in Kandy, with options to visit the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya, known for its orchid collection and scenic beauty.
  • Explore the tea plantations and factories around Kandy to learn about the process of tea making, a cornerstone of Sri Lankan culture. Learn about Sri Lanka’s agricultural heritage beyond the coastal focus of your itinerary.
  • Spend night in Kandy.


Day 9: Kandy – Colombo

  • Proceed to Colombo, Sri Lanka’s bustling capital.
  • Embark on a city tour to explore its colonial legacy, vibrant markets, and modern amenities.
  • Visit landmarks such as the Independence Square, Galle Face Green, and the Colombo Fort area.
  • Experience the contrasting energy of Colombo after your Sri Lanka East Coast Itinerary.
  • Overnight stay in Colombo.


Day 10: Colombo – Airport

  • After a memorable journey through the diverse landscapes and rich culture of Sri Lanka, we transfer you to the Bandaranaike International Airport for your departure.
  • This concludes your unforgettable Sri Lanka East Coast Itinerary, leaving you with lasting memories and experiences.

FAQs about Sri Lanka East Coast Itinerary

What’s the best time to visit Sri Lanka’s East Coast?

The dry season (May-October) offers sunshine and calm seas, perfect for beach activities. However, the shoulder seasons (April & November) can be pleasant with fewer crowds. Read >> Sri Lanka Weather: Best & Worst Time to Visit by Month

How long is this itinerary?

This sample itinerary is 9 nights and 10 days, but it can be customized to fit your travel preferences.

What type of accommodation is included in the Sri Lanka East Coast Itinerary?

The itinerary can be tailored to your budget, with options ranging from luxury beach resorts to charming guesthouses.

How much does a Sri Lanka East Coast Itinerary cost?

The cost depends on your travel style, chosen accommodation, and activities. Budget for transportation, accommodation, meals, and any optional excursions.

Do I need a visa for Sri Lanka?

Most nationalities require a visa for Sri Lanka. You can apply online for an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) before your trip.

What currency is used in Sri Lanka?

The Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR) is the official currency. ATMs are widely available in major towns.

What should I pack for a Sri Lanka East Coast Itinerary?

Pack light, breathable clothing for hot weather. Don’t forget swimwear, sunscreen, a hat, and comfortable walking shoes. Consider modest clothing for temple visits. Read >> What to Pack for Sri Lanka? A Comprehensive Guide

Is it safe to travel on Sri Lanka’s East Coast?

Sri Lanka is generally a safe destination for tourists. Always be aware of your surroundings and take precautions like not carrying large sums of cash.

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