7 days in Kandy, Nuwara Eliya & Ella Itinerary

7 days in Kandy, Nuwara Eliya & Ella Itinerary

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Route & dates

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kandy: Dambulla (Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs & Golden Temple of Dambulla) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, see the interesting displays at World Buddhist Museum, don't miss a visit to Royal Botanical Gardens, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake.

For other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kandy trip itinerary planning website.

Colombo to Kandy is an approximately 1- hour flight. You can also do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dambulla, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Royal Botanical Gardens
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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, then admire the sheer force of Bomburuella Waterfall, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Mohini falls.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Nuwara Eliya online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya takes 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
Bomburuella Waterfall ©
Bomburuella Waterfall

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, then take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, and then snap pictures at Nine Arches Bridge. Keep things going the next day: stop by R. M. S Antique And Brassware, take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, then look for gifts at Ella Gem & Jewelry, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahamevnawa Monastery.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Ella visit planning app.

You can drive from Nuwara Eliya to Ella in 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Ella are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. 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
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge
Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden

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