7 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

7 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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7 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Negombo
Fly + taxi:  1​h
1
Dambulla
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  15​min
3
Peradeniya
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
End: Nuwara Eliya

4
nights
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Shop till you drop at Karu Arts & Crafts and Lanka Silks. Get in touch with nature at The Golden Temple and Minneriya National Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dambulla: Polonnaruwa (Polonnaruwa, Polonnaruwa Vatadage, & more) and Mihintale (in Anuradhapura). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Sigiriya World Heritage Site and step into the grandiose world of Golden Cave Temple.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Dambulla journey planner .

Negombo to Dambulla is an approximately 1-hour combination of taxi and flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Minneriya National Park, Mihintale, Karu Arts & Crafts
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa

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 25th (Tue), stop by Jayamali Batiks Studio, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then take an in-depth tour of Raja Museum, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Commonwealth War Cemetery.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kandy online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Dambulla to Kandy takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Peradeniya.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery

1
night
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 26th (Wed): stop by Embilmeegama Tea Factory and then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Peradeniya trip planner .

Peradeniya is very close to Kandy. In September, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Peradeniya

Wildlife Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Embilmeegama Tea Factory
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Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Embilmeegama Tea Factory ©
Embilmeegama Tea Factory

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