5 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary
Fly to Colombo, Taxi to Sigiriya
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Sun, Dec 1 - Thu, Dec 5
Sigiriya — 2 nights
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 2nd (Mon), explore the ancient world of Sigiriya Fortress and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Golden Temple of Dambulla. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Pidurangala Rock and then explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park.
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Sigiriya is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time to India Standard Time is 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Kandy.
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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 4th (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then make a trip to Kandy view point, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens.
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Getting from Sigiriya to Kandy by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Unawatuna.
Unawatuna — 1 night
Palm-fringed beaches with golden sand, turquoise water, and a colorful coral reef are enough to draw any beachgoer to Unawatuna, but there's plenty to do off the beach here as well.On the 5th (Thu), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, and then contemplate the long history of Galle Fort.
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Fly from Kandy to Unawatuna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.
Sri Lanka travel guide
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.