5 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

5 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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5 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Colombo
Fly:  1​h
1
Kandy
— 1 day
Fly + taxi:  1​h
2
Galle
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
3
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Ella
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
End: Colombo

1
day
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 1st (Fri), admire all the interesting features of Royal Botanical Gardens, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and then steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kandy itinerary builder website .

Colombo to Kandy is an approximately 1-hour flight. You can also do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) 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 ©
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

1
night
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 2nd (Sat): make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda, then kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, and then contemplate the long history of Galle Fort.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Galle tour itinerary builder app .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Galle in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In November in Galle, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Galle

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Unawatuna
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Japanese Peace Pagoda ©
Japanese Peace Pagoda

2
nights
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 3rd (Sun): explore the ancient world of Sigiriya and then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Sigiriya travel planner.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Galle to Sigiriya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Golden Temple of Dambulla, Minneriya National Park
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

1
night
Ella

Ella ©
The relaxing hilltop village of Ella benefits from a more temperate climate than much of the rest of country thanks to its high elevation.
On the 5th (Tue), get a new perspective on nature at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, don't miss a visit to Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, and finally learn the tricks of the trade with Honey Bee Garden.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Ella trip builder website .

Drive from Sigiriya to Ella in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge
Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden

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