7 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

7 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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7 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Colombo
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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. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): browse the different shops at Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, stop by Stone 'N' String, then see the interesting displays at 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 airports are Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport and Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport. January in Colombo sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive 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 ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Scuba & Snorkeling. On the 23rd (Tue), look for gifts at Stick No Bills Poster Gallery, contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

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Traveling by car from Colombo to Galle takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Galle

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort

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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): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sita Temple, contemplate the waterfront views at Kande-ela Reservoir, experience rural life at Bluefield Tea Gardens, then look for gifts at Mackwoods Labookellie Tea Centre, and finally explore the activities along Gregory Lake.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Nuwara Eliya tour itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Galle to Nuwara Eliya takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to 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.
Start 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, see the interesting displays at Ceylon Tea Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, then stop by Jayamali Batiks Studio, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Commonwealth War Cemetery.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kandy trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Nuwara Eliya to Kandy takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. You'll set off for Sigiriya on the 26th (Fri).

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Sigiriya World Heritage Site, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at sigiri art gallery, then stop by Karu Arts & Crafts, and finally Head underground at The Golden Temple.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Sigiriya online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kandy to Sigiriya takes 2 hours. You will leave for Jaffna on the 27th (Sat).

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Golden Temple of Dambulla, Karu Arts & Crafts
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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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Jaffna Fort, then buy something for everyone on your list at Cargills Square, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nallur Kovil.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Jaffna travel planner.

Getting from Sigiriya to Jaffna by combination of taxi and train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to drive 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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