7 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka route planner
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Train to Habarana, Taxi to Sigiriya
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— 2 nights
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— 1 night
Fly to Diyawanna Oya, Taxi to Colombo


Sigiriya — 1 night

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 13th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park. On the next day, make a trip to Sigiriya Fortress, view the masterpieces at Pethikada, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Sigiriya visit site.

Colombo to Sigiriya is an approximately 2.5-hour combination of train and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car to Ella.
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Ella — 2 nights

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 Nine Arches Bridge, then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls. On the 16th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: go for a walk through Mahamevnawa Monastery, savor the flavors at Honey Bee Garden, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Ella road trip planning app.

You can drive from Sigiriya to Ella in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Unawatuna.
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Unawatuna — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): kick back and relax at Bentota Beach and then contemplate the long history of Galle Fort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings 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 find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Unawatuna travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Ella to Unawatuna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in October, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to fly 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 19th (Sat), admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, take in the spiritual surroundings of Asgiri Maha Vihara pirivena, then stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, and finally make a trip to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kandy road trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Unawatuna to Kandy takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Sri Lanka travel guide

Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Nature & Parks
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.