7 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

7 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Bengaluru
Fly:  5 h 45 min
1
Colombo
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Ella
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Kandy
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  1 h
5
Galle
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  5 h
End: Bengaluru

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Colombo trip itinerary site.

Bengaluru, India to Colombo is an approximately 5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Bengaluru in October since evenings lows in Colombo dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can drive to Ella.

Things to do in Colombo

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Basilica of Our Lady of Lanka
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Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara ©
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara

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 3rd (Thu), take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, and then snap pictures at Nine Arches Bridge.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Ella trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Colombo to Ella takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Ella

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

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 4th (Fri): make a trip to Sigiriya, view the masterpieces at Pethikada, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Pidurangala Rock and then explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Sigiriya day trip planning app.

You can drive from Ella to Sigiriya in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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.
On the 6th (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then make a trip to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kandy day trip planning site.

You can drive from Sigiriya to Kandy in 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

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

1
night
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
On the 7th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Japanese Peace Pagoda, then enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, then look for gifts at Lak Gems & Jewellery, and finally steep yourself in history at Galle Fort.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Galle trip tool.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Galle in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Galle are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Galle

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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