7 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

7 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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7 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Colombo
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Galle
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirissa Beach and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Japanese Peace Pagoda, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Jungle Beach, then stop by Embark, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Galle Fort.

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Colombo to Galle is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Mirissa
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Galle Fort
Mirissa Beach

2
days
Ella

The relaxing hilltop village of Ella benefits from a more temperate climate than much of the rest of country thanks to its high elevation.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): snap pictures at Demodara Nine Arch Bridge and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak. On the 14th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls and then take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock.

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You can drive from Galle to Ella in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Ella

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Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock
Ravana Ella Falls

3
days
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.
Step out of Sigiriya with an excursion to The Golden Temple in Dambulla--about 32 minutes away. Spend the 17th (Wed) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. The adventure continues: make a trip to Sigiriya World Heritage Site, examine the collection at Pethikada, take in the spiritual surroundings of Golden Cave Temple, and take in the exciting artwork at sigiri art gallery.

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Traveling by car from Ella to Sigiriya takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Dambulla, Minneriya National Park
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The Golden Temple
Sigiriya World Heritage Site
Minneriya National Park

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