7 days in Kandy, Nuwara Eliya & Ella Itinerary

7 days in Kandy, Nuwara Eliya & Ella Itinerary

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7 days in Kandy, Nuwara Eliya & Ella Itinerary

Start: Colombo
Fly:  1​h
1
Kandy
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Nuwara Eliya
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Ella
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
End: Colombo

3
nights
Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Venture out of the city with trips to Dambulla (Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs & Golden Temple of Dambulla) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, see the interesting displays at World Buddhist Museum, and contemplate the long history of Temple of the Tooth.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kandy travel itinerary planner.

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 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Dambulla, Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

1
night
Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya ©
Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Horton Plains National Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Bomburuella Waterfall, and then admire the sheer force of Mohini falls.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Nuwara Eliya driving holiday planner .

Drive from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park

2
nights
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 12th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, then explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, and then snap pictures at Demodara Nine Arch Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Tue): learn more about the world around you at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, admire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, then stop by Ella Gem & Jewelry, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Bandarawela.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Ella trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Nuwara Eliya to Ella by car takes about 2 hours. August in Ella sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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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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