6 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

6 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Galle — 1 day

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): stop by Cara Jewellers and then contemplate the long history of Galle Fort.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Galle trip itinerary website.

Chennai, India to Galle is an approximately 5-hour flight. While traveling from Chennai, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Galle, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Udawalawe National Park.
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Udawalawe National Park — 1 night

One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Udawalawe National Park day trip planning tool.

Getting from Galle to Udawalawe National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. September in Udawalawe National Park sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can go by car to Ella.
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Ella — 1 night

The relaxing hilltop village of Ella benefits from a more temperate climate than much of the rest of country thanks to its high elevation.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden, take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, and then admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls.

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You can drive from Udawalawe National Park to Ella in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Dambulla.
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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 10th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Sigiriya Fortress and then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla.

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Getting from Ella to Dambulla by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to Kandy.
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Kandy — 2 nights

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 11th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, then stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Kandy Clock Tower.

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Getting from Dambulla to Kandy by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to fly back home.
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Sri Lanka travel guide

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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.