4 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

4 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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4 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Colombo
Train:  1​h 45​min
1
Dambulla
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Kandy
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  1​h 30​min
4
Hikkaduwa
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
End: Colombo

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day
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
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 23rd (Wed): explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dambulla Cave Temple.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Dambulla online holiday planner .

Colombo to Dambulla is an approximately 2-hour train ride. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Dambulla Cave Temple
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Dambulla Cave Temple ©
Dambulla Cave Temple

1
night
Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura ©
Explore the well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sri Lankan civilization and its former capital at Anuradhapura, a World Heritage Site and erstwhile center of Theravada Buddhism set amidst peaceful green parks.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, then admire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya, then take in the views from Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya, and finally delve into the distant past at Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate).

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Anuradhapura trip itinerary app .

Getting from Dambulla to Anuradhapura by car takes about 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites
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Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate) ©
Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate)

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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.
On the 25th (Fri), admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, then explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and then steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kandy day trip site .

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Kandy takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

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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night
Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa ©
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.
On the 26th (Sat), explore the galleries of Tsunami Photo Museum, then examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum, and then make a trip to Tsunami Honganji Vihara.

To find more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Hikkaduwa road trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Hikkaduwa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Hikkaduwa can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Tsunami Photo Museum
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Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Community Tsunami Museum ©
Community Tsunami Museum
Tsunami Honganji Vihara ©
Tsunami Honganji Vihara

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