7 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

7 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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7 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Colombo
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
1
Sigiriya
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Ella
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 15​min
3
Unawatuna
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
4
Kandy
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h
End: Colombo

1
night
Sigiriya

Sigiriya ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park. On the 14th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, view the masterpieces at Pethikada, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Sigiriya road trip planning app .

Colombo to Sigiriya is an approximately 2.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can drive to Ella.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Golden Temple of Dambulla, Minneriya National Park
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

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nights
Ella

Ella ©
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 15th (Tue), make a trip to Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Bandarawela, admire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Ella holiday app .

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Ella takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

2
nights
Unawatuna

On the 17th (Thu), kick back and relax at Bentota Beach, then look for gifts at Lak Gems & Jewellery, and then steep yourself in history at Galle Fort. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Unawatuna tour planning website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Ella to Unawatuna in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. October in Unawatuna sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Bentota Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Galle Fort
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

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night
Kandy

Kandy ©
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 19th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asgiriya Maha Viharaya, then look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, and finally steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Kandy trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Unawatuna to Kandy takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

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