5 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

5 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Colombo
Fly:  1 h
1
Kandy
— 1 day
Fly + Taxi:  2 h
2
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  2 h
3
Unawatuna
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
End: Colombo

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day
Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and then explore and take pictures at Royal Botanical Gardens.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kandy trip itinerary planning tool.

Colombo to Kandy is an approximately 1- hour flight. You can also do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

1
night
Udawalawe National Park

Udawalawe National Park ©
One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): stroll through Elephant Transit Home (ETH) and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Udawalawe National Park vacation maker site.

Getting from Kandy to Udawalawe National Park by combination of flight and taxi takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In May, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)

3
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Palm-fringed beaches with golden sand, turquoise water, and a colorful coral reef are enough to draw any beachgoer to Unawatuna, but there's plenty to do off the beach here as well.
Visit Jungle Beach and Bentota Beach for some beach relaxation. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Galle Fort and Unawatuna Devol Devalaya. Get out of town with these interesting Unawatuna side-trips: Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching), Sea Turtle Protection Association (in Bentota) and Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Mihiripenna Beach and look for gifts at Lak Gems & Jewellery.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Unawatuna trip itinerary planning tool.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Udawalawe National Park to Unawatuna in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. May in Unawatuna sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mirissa, Bentota, Galle Fort, Hikkaduwa Beach
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

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