5 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

5 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Colombo, Taxi to Dambulla
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Dambulla
Drive
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Kandy
— 1 night
Fly
3
Galle
— 2 nights
Drive
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Colombo
— 1 night
Fly

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Dambulla

On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Dambulla day trip planner.

New Delhi, India to Dambulla is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. On the 11th (Thu), you'll travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Dambulla

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): look for gifts at Jayamali Batiks Studio, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally stop by Kandy City Center.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kandy holiday planning website.

You can drive from Dambulla to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Shopping · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Galle

— 2 nights
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): look for gifts at Orchid House, stop by Lihiniya Gems, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Jungle Beach and then kick back and relax at Hikkaduwa Beach.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Galle tour itinerary app.

Traveling by flight from Kandy to Galle takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In October, daytime highs in Galle are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Colombo.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Colombo

— 1 night
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
On the 15th (Mon), stop by Stone 'N' String and then examine the collection at Colombo National Museum.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Colombo route builder website.

You can drive from Galle to Colombo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. October in Colombo sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Museums · Shopping

Sri Lanka travel guide

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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.