8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Colombo
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h
2
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Habarana
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Ella
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  2​h 15​min
5
Unawatuna
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
6
Galle
— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): walk around Galle Face Green.

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Bengaluru, India to Colombo is an approximately 6-hour flight. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Bengaluru in August since evenings lows in Colombo dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara ©
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, appreciate the history behind Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally explore the activities along Kandy Lake.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kandy travel planner .

Fly from Colombo to Kandy in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Habarana.

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

2
nights
Habarana

Habarana ©
Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
On the 13th (Tue), delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, then explore the galleries of Pethikada, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla. On your second day here, make a trip to Pidurangala Rock and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Habarana road trip planning website .

Drive from Kandy to Habarana in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Habarana

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Minneriya National Park, Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

1
night
Ella

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.
On the 15th (Thu), explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, and then don't miss a visit to Demodara Nine Arch Bridge.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Ella tour planner .

Traveling by car from Habarana to Ella takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Nine Arch Bridge ©
Nine Arch Bridge

1
night
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Unawatuna Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Unawatuna Devol Devalaya, don't miss a visit to Japanese Peace Pagoda, then stroll through Jungle Beach, and finally stop by Lak Gems & Jewellery.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Unawatuna trip itinerary app .

Getting from Ella to Unawatuna by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Unawatuna can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Japanese Peace Pagoda ©
Japanese Peace Pagoda
Lak Gems & Jewellery ©
Lak Gems & Jewellery

1
night
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
On the 17th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery, then look for gifts at Fort Art Jewels, then contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, and finally identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle Farm.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Galle trip itinerary tool .

Galle is just a short distance from Unawatuna. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Galle

Historic Sites Shopping Parks
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Fort Art Jewels ©
Fort Art Jewels
Sea Turtle Farm ©
Sea Turtle Farm

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