5 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

5 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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5 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Colombo
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Galle
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Sigiriya
— Few hours
taxi + Fly:  2​h 15​min
Colombo

2
days
Galle

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
On the 9th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, stop by Embark, and then steep yourself in history at Galle Fort. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then stroll through Mirissa Beach.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Galle online road trip planner .

Colombo to Galle is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trips

Mirissa, Jungle Beach
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach

2
days
Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, then explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace of Kandy, then contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally take an in-depth tour of Raja Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, make a trip to Kandy view point, then don't miss a visit to Degaldoruwa Temple, and finally identify plant and animal life at Udawattekele Sanctuary.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kandy day trip site .

Getting from Galle to Kandy by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Kandy

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Udawattekele Sanctuary ©
Udawattekele Sanctuary

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): explore the fascinating underground world of The Golden Temple and then don't miss a visit to Sigiriya World Heritage Site.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Sigiriya vacation maker tool .

Getting from Kandy to Sigiriya by car takes about 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

#Nature, #Parks

Side Trip

The Golden Temple
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The Golden Temple ©
The Golden Temple
Sigiriya World Heritage Site
Sigiriya World Heritage Site

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