7 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

7 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka vacation planner

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Fly
1
Colombo
Train
2
Bentota
— 1 night
Drive
3
Galle
— 1 night
Drive
4
Mirissa
— 1 night
Drive
5
Udawalawa
— 1 night
Fly
6
Dambulla
— 1 day
Drive
7
Kandy
— 1 night
Bus to Katunayake Airport Bus Station, Fly to Visakhapatnam

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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 13th (Sun): stroll around Galle Face Green, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, and then walk around Viharamahadevi Park.

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Visakhapatnam, India to Colombo is an approximately 8-hour flight. In January, daytime highs in Colombo are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Bentota.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks · Historic Sites

Bentota

— 1 night
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): stroll through Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Protection Association, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Beruwala Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Bentota Beach.

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Traveling by train from Colombo to Bentota takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Bentota are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Galle.

Things to do in Bentota

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Galle

— 1 night
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Galle Fort and then enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Galle online day trip planner.

You can drive from Bentota to Galle in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, daytime highs in Galle are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Galle

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Mirissa

— 1 night
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
On the 16th (Wed), stroll through Mirissa Beach, then look for gifts at Dress Palace, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Mirissa road trip planning website.

You can drive from Galle to Mirissa in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In January in Mirissa, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can go by car to Udawalawa.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Udawalawa

— 1 night
On the 17th (Thu), take an exotic tour of a safari tour and then take an exotic tour of Lakpura.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Udawalawa vacation website.

You can drive from Mirissa to Udawalawa in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and flight. In January, daily temperatures in Udawalawa can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Dambulla.

Things to do in Udawalawa

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Dambulla

— 1 day
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
On the 18th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Golden Temple of Dambulla, see where the action happens at Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, and then delve into the distant past at Sigiriya Fortress.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Dambulla trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Udawalawa to Dambulla in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Kandy

— 1 night
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
On the 19th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Raja Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and finally stroll through Royal Botanical Gardens.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kandy day trip planner.

Drive from Dambulla to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Sri Lanka travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Nature & Parks
India's Teardrop
Shaped like a teardrop and located just below the southern tip of India, lush Sri Lanka boasts some of the greatest biodiversity in the world. Unless you time your Sri Lanka holiday for monsoon season, you can expect bright blue skies and plenty of sunshine, perfect for exploring tropical forests, historic temples, colonial forts, and many other buildings dating back to Dutch rule. Popular things to do in Sri Lanka include swimming, sailing, and surfing, though a growing number of visitors come here just to eat their way around the country. Greatly influenced by nearby India, the national cuisine also features many elements of European cooking--a result of the Dutch and Portuguese colonial years. Of course, a trip to Sri Lanka would not be complete without a cup of its world-famous Ceylon tea.