7 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

7 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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7 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru
Fly:  5​h
1
Colombo
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Dambulla
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Kandy
— 1 night
train + taxi:  1​h 45​min
4
Bentota
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Galle
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h
End: Bengaluru

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): explore the galleries of Ganeshism Studio Gallery and then stroll around Galle Face Green. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, then get engrossed in the history at The Bandaranaike Museum, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Colombo online driving holiday planner .

Bengaluru, India to Colombo is an approximately 5-hour flight. Traveling from Bengaluru in December, things will get a bit warmer in Colombo: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Colombo

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Ganeshism Studio Gallery ©
Ganeshism Studio Gallery
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, then make a trip to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Golden Temple of Dambulla.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Dambulla online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Colombo to Dambulla takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Sigiriya
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs ©
Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs

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.
On the 20th (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then make a trip to Kandy view point, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kandy trip planner .

Traveling by car from Dambulla to Kandy takes 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Bentota.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

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
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): kick back and relax at Bentota Beach and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Bentota trip maker .

Do a combination of train and taxi from Kandy to Bentota in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Bentota can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Galle.

Things to do in Bentota

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, and then steep yourself in history at Galle Fort. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Hikkaduwa Beach, look for gifts at Lak Gems & Jewellery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Galle trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Bentota to Galle in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Mirissa Beach, Hikkaduwa Beach
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

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