7 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

7 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Fly to Colombo, Taxi to Dambulla
1
Dambulla
— 1 night
Drive
2
Kandy
— 1 night
Fly
3
Unawatuna
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Bentota
— 1 night
Fly

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Dambulla

— 1 night
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 (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dambulla Cave Temple and then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Sigiriya Fortress, don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Dambulla trip planner.

Bengaluru, India to Dambulla is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

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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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kandy online holiday planner.

Drive from Dambulla to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

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Unawatuna

— 3 nights
Palm-fringed beaches with golden sand, turquoise water, and a colorful coral reef are enough to draw any beachgoer to Unawatuna, but there's plenty to do off the beach here as well.
Family-friendly places like Jungle Beach and Hikkaduwa Beach will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Unawatuna: Galle Gem Exchange (in Hikkaduwa) and Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Parrot Rock Bridge). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Unawatuna travel planner.

Fly from Kandy to Unawatuna in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, daily temperatures in Unawatuna can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Bentota.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Bentota

— 1 night
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
On the 23rd (Sat), relax and rejuvenate at Samadi Meditation Ashramaya, kick back and relax at Bentota Beach, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and finally stroll through Sea Turtle Protection Association.

For other places to visit and more tourist information, read our Bentota trip planner.

You can drive from Unawatuna to Bentota in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In January in Bentota, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bentota

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Spas

Side Trip

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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.