7 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

7 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Colombo
1
Colombo
— 1 night
Train:  2 h
2
Galle
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  4 h
3
Nuwara Eliya
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
5
Sigiriya
— 1 night
Taxi + Train:  4 h 30 min
6
Jaffna
— Few hours
Train:  6 h 30 min
End: Colombo

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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.
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): buy something for everyone on your list at Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, then look for gifts at Stone 'N' String, then take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Arcade Independence Square.

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If you are flying in from India, the closest major aiports are Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport and Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport. In January, daytime highs in Colombo are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can take a train to Galle.

Things to do in Colombo

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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Arcade Independence Square ©
Arcade Independence Square
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum

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Galle

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Scuba & Snorkeling has been added to your itinerary. On the 23rd (Tue), stop by Stick No Bills Poster Gallery, contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Galle trip planner.

You can take a train from Colombo to Galle in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Galle are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Galle

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Stick No Bills Poster Gallery ©
Stick No Bills Poster Gallery

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sita Temple, explore the activities along Kande-ela Reservoir, then relax in the rural setting at Bluefield Tea Gardens, then look for gifts at Mackwoods Tea Centre, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Gregory Lake.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Nuwara Eliya journey planning tool.

Getting from Galle to Nuwara Eliya by combination of flight and taxi takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Gregory Lake ©
Gregory Lake
Sita Temple ©
Sita Temple
Kande-ela Reservoir ©
Kande-ela Reservoir

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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 25th (Thu): stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, examine the collection at Ceylon Tea Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, then look for gifts at Jayamali Batiks Studio, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy War Cemetery.

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Traveling by car from Nuwara Eliya to Kandy takes 2.5 hours. On the 26th (Fri), you'll travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Museums Nature
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery

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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 26th (Fri): make a trip to Sigiriya, then browse the exhibits of sigiri art gallery, then look for gifts at Karu Arts & Crafts, and finally Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Sigiriya itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Sigiriya takes 3 hours. You'll set off for Jaffna on the 27th (Sat).

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Karu Arts & Crafts, Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Karu Arts & Crafts ©
Karu Arts & Crafts

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Jaffna

Jaffna ©
A center of Tamil culture, the city of Jaffna remains in the process of rebuilding after suffering greatly during the civil war.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Jaffna Fort, buy something for everyone on your list at Cargills Square, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nallur Kovil.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Jaffna day trip site.

Traveling by combination of taxi and train from Sigiriya to Jaffna takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to take a train back home.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites Shopping
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Nallur Kovil ©
Nallur Kovil
Jaffna Fort ©
Jaffna Fort
Cargills Square ©
Cargills Square

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