5 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

5 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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5 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Doha
Fly + Taxi:  9​h 30​min
1
Dambulla
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  2​h
2
Unawatuna
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1​h 15​min
3
Kandy
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  9​h
End: Doha

1
night
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 11th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, stroll through Dhilip De Alwis, and then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla.

For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Dambulla travel itinerary planner .

Doha, Qatar to Dambulla is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Doha to Dambulla is 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Dhilip De Alwis, Sigiriya
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Dhilip De Alwis ©
Dhilip De Alwis

2
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
On the 12th (Sun), stroll through Mirissa Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then kick back and relax at Jungle Beach. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Community Tsunami Museum, then kick back and relax at Hikkaduwa Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bentota Beach.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Unawatuna trip planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Dambulla to Unawatuna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Bentota Beach, Mirissa Beach
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Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach

1
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): stroll through Royal Botanical Gardens, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and then steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kandy driving holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Unawatuna to Kandy takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

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