5 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary
5 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary
Start: New Delhi
— 2 nights
— 1 night
— 1 night
Taxi to Colombo, Fly to New Delhi
End: New Delhi
Tue, Mar 5 - Sat, Mar 9
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple.
To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Colombo trip tool.
New Delhi, India to Colombo is an approximately 7-hour flight. In March, Colombo is a bit warmer than New Delhi - with highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to Hikkaduwa.
Highlights from your trip
Hikkaduwa — 2 nights
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): look for gifts at Made In Ceylon, then steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, then browse the exhibits of Saffron Robes, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Tsunami Photo Museum. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, then view the masterpieces 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 where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Hikkaduwa trip itinerary maker.
Traveling by car from Colombo to Hikkaduwa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In March, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can fly to Kandy.
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 8th (Fri), stroll the grounds of Kandy War Cemetery, browse for treasures at Sriya & Daya Curio Shop, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, then look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.
For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kandy road trip planning app.
You can fly from Hikkaduwa to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to drive to Dambulla.
Dambulla — 1 night
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): browse the fresh offerings at Dambulla Dedicated Economic Centre, then make a trip to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, and then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla.
For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Dambulla day trip planning site.
Drive from Kandy to Dambulla in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel 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.