57 days in Sigiriya, Kandy & Colombo Itinerary

57 days in Sigiriya, Kandy & Colombo Itinerary

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57 days in Sigiriya, Kandy & Colombo Itinerary

Start: Ahmedabad
Fly + Taxi:  7 h 30 min
1
Sigiriya
— 18 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Kandy
— 16 nights
Fly:  1 h
3
Colombo
— 22 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
End: Ahmedabad

18
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sigiriya: Dambulla (Popham's Arboretum, Golden Temple of Dambulla, &more), Anuradhapura (Nakha Vehera, Vessagiriya Ruins, &more) and Avukana Buddha Statue (in Kekirawa). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Sigiriya, appreciate the history behind Gal Vihara, explore the ancient world of Polonnaruwa, and see the interesting displays at Sigiriya Museum.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Sigiriya trip itinerary planner.

Ahmedabad, India to Sigiriya is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Anuradhapura, Habarana, Dambulla, Trincomalee, Polonnaruwa
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

16
nights
Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kandy: Matale (Riverstone Gap & Knuckles Mountain Range), Dawson Tower (in Kadugannawa) and Kegalle (Elephant Freedom Project & Millennium Elephant Foundation). On the 2nd (Mon), hike the day away at Saga Travels & Tours Nuwara Eliya. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, stroll through Knuckles Forest Reserve, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, and see Off-Road Tours.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kandy online visit planner .

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Kandy takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Nuwara Eliya, Peradeniya, Kegalle, Matale, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

22
nights
Colombo

Colombo ©
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Colombo: Beruwala (Brief Garden - Bevis Bawa & Masjid ul Abrar), Kande Viharaya Temple (in Dharga Town) and Galle (Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery, Galle Fort, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, kick back and relax at Negombo Beach, walk around Galle Face Green, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Lavinia Beach.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Colombo attractions planner.

You can fly from Kandy to Colombo in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in March, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Galle, Negombo, Kalutara, Hikkaduwa, Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach

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