7 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

7 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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7 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Colombo
1
Colombo
— 1 day
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
2
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Ella
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Galle
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
End: Colombo

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): don't miss a visit to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, take in the exciting artwork at Ganeshism Studio Gallery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, and finally walk around Galle Face Green.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Colombo itinerary website .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Colombo. September in Colombo sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

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Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara ©
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara

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.
On the 22nd (Sun), examine the collection at Sigiriya Museum, contemplate the long history of kaludiya Pokuna, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Sigiriya and then don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock.

To find maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Sigiriya day trip website .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Colombo to Sigiriya in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Museums
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock
kaludiya Pokuna ©
kaludiya Pokuna

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 24th (Tue): stroll through Royal Botanical Gardens, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and finally explore the activities along Kandy Lake.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kandy travel route builder site .

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Kandy takes 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

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

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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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, then admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, and then learn more about the world around you at R. M. S Antique And Brassware. On the next day, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak and then take in the views from Demodara Nine Arch Bridge.

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

You can drive from Kandy to Ella in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Ella

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Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge

1
night
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Galle planning app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Ella to Galle in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September in Galle, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can take a train back home.

Things to do in Galle

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trip

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

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