7 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

7 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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7 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Colombo
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h
2
Kandy
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  1​h
3
Galle
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 30​min
4
Ella
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Dambulla
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: New Delhi

1
night
Colombo

Colombo ©
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
On the 25th (Fri), pause for some photo ops at Independence Memorial Hall, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, then walk around Galle Face Green, then look for gifts at Vogue Jewellers, and finally kick back and relax at Negombo Beach. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Lavinia Beach and then get engrossed in the history at Colombo National Museum.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Colombo trip itinerary builder tool .

New Delhi, India to Colombo is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from New Delhi in October, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Colombo: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Negombo Beach
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Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum

1
night
Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Asgiriya Maha Viharaya, then contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens.

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You can fly from Colombo to Kandy in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Galle.

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

2
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda, then stroll through Jungle Beach, and then contemplate the long history of Galle Fort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then kick back and relax at Hikkaduwa Beach, and finally look for gifts at Lak Gems & Jewellery.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Galle online vacation planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Galle in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Ella.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery, Hikkaduwa Beach
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Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach

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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 30th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, then snap pictures at Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Ella journey planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Galle to Ella takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to drive to Dambulla.

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
Ravana Ella Falls ©
Ravana Ella Falls

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Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): delve into the distant past at Sigiriya and then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Dambulla trip itinerary builder website .

Drive from Ella to Dambulla in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Sigiriya
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla

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