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 + taxi:  1​h
1
Peradeniya
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Pinnawala
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Dambulla
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  2​h
4
Unawatuna
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Bentota
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
End: Colombo

1
day
Peradeniya

Peradeniya ©
A suburb of Kandy, Peradeniya draws more than 2 million visitors annually to its royal botanical gardens.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Nelligala International Buddhist Center, then make a trip to Suriyakantha Centre for Art & Culture, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Peradeniya day trip site .

Colombo to Peradeniya is an approximately 1-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also take a train; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Peradeniya are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Pinnawala.

Things to do in Peradeniya

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Suriyakantha Centre for Art & Culture, Nelligala International Buddhist Center
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Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Nelligala International Buddhist Center ©
Suriyakantha Centre for Art & Culture ©

1
night
Pinnawala

Pinnawala ©
The main attraction in Pinnawala is undoubtedly its elephant orphanage.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Pinnawala Jumbos, then look for all kinds of wild species at Millennium Elephant Foundation, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Pinnawala trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Peradeniya to Pinnawala by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In July in Pinnawala, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Pinnawala

Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Kegalle
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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Millennium Elephant Foundation ©
Millennium Elephant Foundation
Pinnawala Jumbos ©
Pinnawala Jumbos

1
night
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
On the 14th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Minneriya Wildlife Park, then see the interesting displays at Sigiriya Museum, then make a trip to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Temple of Dambulla.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Dambulla trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Pinnawala to Dambulla takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Dambulla

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Minneriya Wildlife Park, Sigiriya Museum
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya Museum ©
Sigiriya Museum
Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs ©
Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs

3
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
You'll get in some beach time at Jungle Beach and Hikkaduwa Beach. Get outdoors at Mirissa Beach and Mihiripenna Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Unawatuna: Akurala Beach (in Akurala) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Mirissa).

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Unawatuna planning tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Dambulla to Unawatuna in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Bentota.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mirissa, Akurala Beach, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery, Hikkaduwa Beach
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Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach

1
night
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
On the 18th (Thu), kick back and relax at Ahungalla Beach, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bentota Beach.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Bentota trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Unawatuna to Bentota takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. July in Bentota sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 31°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to take a train back home.

Things to do in Bentota

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Ahungalla Beach, Safaris
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Safaris

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