5 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

5 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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5 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  8​h
1
Galle
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  1​h
2
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Ella
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Dambulla
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: New Delhi

1
night
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda, enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, then look for gifts at Lak Gems & Jewellery, and finally contemplate the long history of Galle Fort.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Galle trip builder app .

New Delhi, India to Galle is an approximately 8-hour flight. When traveling from New Delhi in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Galle: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Unawatuna
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Japanese Peace Pagoda ©
Japanese Peace Pagoda

1
night
Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
On the 2nd (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Royal Botanical Gardens, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kandy online journey planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Galle to Kandy takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

1
night
Ella

Ella ©
The relaxing hilltop village of Ella benefits from a more temperate climate than much of the rest of country thanks to its high elevation.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, and then take in the views from Demodara Nine Arch Bridge.

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Ella tour planner .

You can drive from Kandy to Ella in 4 hours. Another option is to take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Ella

Nature Parks
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge

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night
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
On the 4th (Wed), delve into the distant past at Sigiriya and then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Dambulla online attractions planner .

You can drive from Ella to Dambulla in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Sigiriya
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla

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