7 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

7 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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7 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly + Taxi:  7​h 15​min
1
Kandy
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Pinnawala
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
4
Dambulla
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Mumbai

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 8th (Sun), take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kandy road trip planning website .

Mumbai, India to Kandy is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Pinnawala.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Pinnawala

Pinnawala ©
The main attraction in Pinnawala is undoubtedly its elephant orphanage.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): stroll through Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, look for gifts at Luv SL, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Freedom Project. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Ethagala, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Polgahawela, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Siri Gautama Sambuddharaja Maligawa.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Pinnawala sightseeing planning app .

Getting from Kandy to Pinnawala by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. December in Pinnawala sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Pinnawala

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Polgahawela, Ethagala, Elephant Freedom Project
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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project
Siri Gautama Sambuddharaja Maligawa ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, then browse the exhibits of Pethikada, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park and then see the interesting displays at Sigiriya Museum.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Sigiriya trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Pinnawala to Sigiriya in 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Dambulla.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Minneriya National Park, Spas
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis, make a trip to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, and finally make a trip to Dambulla Cave Temple.

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, refer to the Dambulla trip itinerary app .

Dambulla is just a stone's throw from Sigiriya. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Habarana
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Dambulla Cave Temple ©
Dambulla Cave Temple
Dhilip De Alwis ©
Dhilip De Alwis

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