5 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

5 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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5 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Colombo
Drive:  3​h 30​min
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Ella
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Sigiriya
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Trincomalee
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
End: Colombo

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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 11th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls and then explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock. Keep things going the next day: snap pictures at Demodara Nine Arch Bridge and then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Ella road trip planner.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Ella is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and taxi. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time to India Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Ella

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

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Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
You've now added Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue and then steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

For photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kandy road trip site .

You can drive from Ella to Kandy in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue ©

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Sigiriya

Sigiriya ©
The historic rock of the same name dominates the landscape of World Heritage-listed Sigiriya, where the steep and striking lava plug contains the ruins of an ancient empire.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sigiriya Museum. On the 13th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Sigiriya Museum.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Sigiriya vacation planner.

Getting from Kandy to Sigiriya by car takes about 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Golden Temple of Dambulla, Minneriya National Park
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park
Sigiriya Museum ©
Sigiriya Museum

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Trincomalee

Trincomalee ©
A center of Tamil culture and language, Trincomalee suffered greatly during the 30-year civil war, but the troubles haven't dimmed the natural and cultural charms of the place.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple, take in the natural beauty of Kanniya Hot Springs, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Nilaveli Beach.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Trincomalee trip builder tool .

Drive from Sigiriya to Trincomalee in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Nilaveli Beach
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Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple
Kanniya Hot Springs ©
Kanniya Hot Springs

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