7 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary
Fly to Colombo, Taxi to Mirissa
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Sun, Jan 2 - Sat, Jan 8
Mirissa — 2 nights
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): stroll through Mirissa Beach and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort and then enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach.
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Astana, Kazakhstan to Mirissa is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and taxi. Traveling from Astana to Mirissa, you'll gain 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Astana in January: high temperatures in Mirissa hover around 37°C and lows are around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Ella.
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.On the 5th (Wed), take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge, then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, and then admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls.
To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Ella trip site.
Drive from Mirissa to Ella in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time 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.On the 6th (Thu), explore the ancient world of Sigiriya Fortress, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla.
To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Dambulla trip itinerary maker tool.
You can drive from Ella to Dambulla in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kandy.
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.Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens.
To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kandy road trip app.
Drive from Dambulla to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can fly 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.