5 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

5 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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5 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Colombo
— Few hours
2
Hikkaduwa
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Dambulla
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: New Delhi

few
hours
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.
To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Colombo route planner.

New Delhi, India to Colombo is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from New Delhi in March: high temperatures in Colombo hover around 38°C and lows are around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Colombo

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©

2
nights
Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa ©
One of the most scenic beach resorts in Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa features a number of long white sand beaches with palm trees and gentle waves.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): stop by Made In Ceylon, then contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, then view the masterpieces at Saffron Robes Gallery and Studio, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Tsunami Photo Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, take in the exciting artwork at EXOTIC ROOTS, then pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch Reformed Church, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Hikkaduwa Beach.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Hikkaduwa trip planner .

Getting from Colombo to Hikkaduwa by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In March, daytime highs in Hikkaduwa are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Galle, Unawatuna, Tsunami Photo Museum
Highlights from your plan
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Dutch Reformed Church ©
Dutch Reformed Church

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): stroll the grounds of Commonwealth War Cemetery, browse for treasures at Sriya & Daya Curio Shop, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, then stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, and finally steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kandy trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Hikkaduwa to Kandy takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Shopping Nature
Highlights from your plan
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake
Commonwealth War Cemetery ©
Commonwealth War Cemetery

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): pick up some local products at Dambulla Dedicated Economic Centre, then make a trip to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Golden Temple of Dambulla.

To see more things to do and other tourist information, read Dambulla online journey planner .

Traveling by car from Kandy to Dambulla takes 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dambulla

Nature Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Dambulla Dedicated Economic Centre ©
Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs ©
Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs

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