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
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Nilaveli
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  4 h 45 min
4
Hikkaduwa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Ceylon Tea Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Udawattekele Sanctuary, and then examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kandy journey planning tool .

Colombo to Kandy is an approximately 1-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Nilaveli.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife Museums Parks
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Udawattekele Sanctuary ©
Udawattekele Sanctuary
World Buddhist Museum ©
World Buddhist Museum
Ceylon Tea Museum ©
Ceylon Tea Museum

1
night
Nilaveli

Nilaveli ©
The coastal resort town of Nilaveli draws visitors with its beaches, dive spots, and seaside hotels.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): explore the different monuments and memorials at Trincomalee War Cemetery, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Nilaveli Beach.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Nilaveli journey planner.

You can drive from Kandy to Nilaveli in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Nilaveli

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Trincomalee War Cemetery
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Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): snap pictures at Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya, make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Maha Boodhi Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Isurumuniya Temple.

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Traveling by car from Nilaveli to Anuradhapura takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can drive to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites
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Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba

2
nights
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 29th (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle Protection Association, look for all kinds of wild species at Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project, then explore the galleries of Tsunami Photo Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Community Tsunami Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery, and then examine the collection at Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex.

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You can drive from Anuradhapura to Hikkaduwa in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or take a train. September in Hikkaduwa sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to take a train back home.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Scuba & Snorkeling, Sea Turtle Protection Association, Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex, Tsunami Photo Museum, Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project
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Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project ©

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