5 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

5 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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5 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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

1
day
Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
You've now added Kandy Cooking Class by AGS to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): learn and have fun at Kandy Cooking Class by AGS, then make a trip to Royal Botanical Gardens, then explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kandy trip planner .

Colombo to Kandy is an approximately 1-hour flight. You can also do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Classes

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

1
night
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
On the 20th (Wed), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, and then contemplate the long history of Galle Fort.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Unawatuna road trip site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Unawatuna takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November in Unawatuna, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Ella.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Galle Fort
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Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): take in the views from Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, and then admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Ella attractions tool .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Unawatuna to Ella in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge
Ravana Ella Falls ©
Ravana Ella Falls

2
nights
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.
On the 22nd (Fri), don't miss a visit to Sigiriya and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Golden Temple of Dambulla. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Pidurangala Rock and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Sigiriya trip itinerary planning website .

Drive from Ella to Sigiriya in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

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
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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