7 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

7 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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7 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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.
On the 13th (Sun), take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kandy trip 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 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Unawatuna.

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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 ©
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda, then kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, and finally stop by Lak Gems & Jewellery.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Unawatuna online trip itinerary planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Unawatuna in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in October, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ella.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

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.
On the 15th (Tue), take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, and then make a trip to Demodara Nine Arch Bridge.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Ella online road 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

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

2
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
On the 16th (Wed), stop by Rice & Carry Bags Shop, then contemplate the waterfront views at Arugam Bay, then enjoy the sea views from Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kudumbigala Monastery. On the next day, don't miss a visit 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.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Arugam Bay trip maker .

Traveling by car from Ella to Arugam Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Magul Maha Viharaya
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Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Pottuvil Lagoon ©
Pottuvil Lagoon
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Sigiriya, then view the masterpieces at Pethikada, and then explore the fascinating underground world of 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 striking landscape of Minneriya National Park.

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

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Arugam Bay to Sigiriya takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Nature 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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