7 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

7 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Fly to Colombo, Taxi to Mirissa
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Mirissa
— 1 night
Drive
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Sigiriya
Drive
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Kalkudah
— 1 night
Drive
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Polonnaruwa
— 1 night
Drive
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Anuradhapura
— 1 night
Drive
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Dambulla
Taxi to Colombo, Fly to Sydney

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Mirissa

— 1 night
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Matara Beach and then kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Mirissa vacation maker website.

Sydney, Australia to Mirissa is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and taxi. You'll gain 4.5 hours traveling from Sydney to Mirissa due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Sydney in July: high temperatures in Mirissa hover around 39°C and lows are around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

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.
To find reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Sigiriya travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Mirissa to Sigiriya takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. On the 14th (Sun), you'll travel to Kalkudah.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Kalkudah

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Passikudah Beach.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kalkudah road trip planner.

Getting from Sigiriya to Kalkudah by car takes about 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Kalkudah

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks
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Polonnaruwa

— 1 night
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
On the 16th (Tue), pause for some photo ops at Polonnaruwa Vatadage, explore the ancient world of Siva Devalaya (No 1), then don't miss a visit to Gal Vihara, and finally steep yourself in history at Lankathilaka Image House.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Polonnaruwa tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kalkudah to Polonnaruwa in 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites

Anuradhapura

— 1 night
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 17th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi and then admire the landmark architecture of Ruwanwelisaya.

To find reviews and more tourist information, go to the Anuradhapura journey maker.

Traveling by car from Polonnaruwa to Anuradhapura takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Dambulla.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites

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 17th (Wed): Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Dambulla online route planner.

Getting from Anuradhapura to Dambulla by car takes about 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
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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.