7 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

7 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Colombo
Fly:  1 h
1
Kandy
— 1 day
Taxi + Fly:  1 h 15 min
2
Unawatuna
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 15 min
3
Ella
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
4
Arugam Bay
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  3 h 45 min
5
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 15 min
End: Colombo

1
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 13th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kandy trip planner.

Colombo to Kandy is an approximately 1- hour flight. You can also do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Unawatuna.

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
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, don't miss a visit to Japanese Peace Pagoda, then enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, and finally look for gifts at Lak Gems & Jewellery.

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Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Unawatuna takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Ella.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, and then snap pictures at Nine Arches Bridge.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Ella trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Unawatuna to Ella takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

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

2
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
On the 16th (Wed), stop by Rice & Carry Bags Shop, then stroll through Arugam Bay, then visit a coastal fixture at Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kudumbigala Monastery. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Magul Maha Viharaya, delve into the distant past at Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, then don't miss a visit to Muhudu Maha Vihara, then explore the activities along Pottuvil Lagoon, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Arugam Bay holiday builder tool.

You can drive from Ella to Arugam Bay in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Magul Maha Viharaya
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Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Sigiriya, then view the masterpieces at Pethikada, and then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Pidurangala Rock and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park.

For maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Sigiriya online journey planner.

Getting from Arugam Bay to Sigiriya by combination of taxi and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Golden Temple of Dambulla, Minneriya National Park
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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