5 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

5 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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5 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  9​h
1
Dambulla
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Kandy
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  1​h
3
Galle
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Dubai

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 3rd (Tue), don't miss a visit to Sigiriya and then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Dambulla trip itinerary planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Dambulla is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dubai to Dambulla. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Sigiriya
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): explore the activities along Kandy Lake, contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, and finally make a trip to Royal Botanical Gardens.

Before you visit Kandy, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Dambulla to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

2
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stroll through Jungle Beach, and then steep yourself in history at Galle Fort. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Tea Zone, stroll through Hikkaduwa Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirissa Beach.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Galle trip maker .

Getting from Kandy to Galle by combination of flight and taxi takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Mirissa Beach
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 6:
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

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