8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Colombo
Train:  1 h 45 min
1
Galle
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  1 h
2
Kandy
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  1 h 30 min
3
Yala National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
4
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 15 min
6
Sigiriya
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  2 h 15 min
End: Colombo

1
night
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): don't miss a visit to Japanese Peace Pagoda and then kick back and relax at Jungle Beach. On the 24th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, stop by VarVara, then enjoy the sand and surf at Hikkaduwa Beach, and finally view the masterpieces at Saffron Robes.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Galle road trip planner.

Colombo to Galle is an approximately 2- hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. In June in Galle, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa
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Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Japanese Peace Pagoda ©
Japanese Peace Pagoda

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.
On the 25th (Thu), explore the activities along Kandy Lake, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kandy trip itinerary app.

Getting from Galle to Kandy by combination of flight and taxi takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

1
night
Yala National Park

Yala National Park ©
One of the most popular national parks in the country, Yala National Park boasts a wide variety of animals, and does important work in conserving and growing populations.
On the 26th (Fri), explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Yala National Park trip itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Yala National Park in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. June in Yala National Park sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Parks Nature
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya, take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock. On the 28th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Nine Arches Bridge, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, then take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden, and finally look for gifts at R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Ella vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Yala National Park to Ella in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes

Side Trip

Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge
Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden

1
night
Udawalawe National Park

Udawalawe National Park ©
One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): stroll through Elephant Transit Home (ETH) and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Udawalawe National Park.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Udawalawe National Park online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Ella to Udawalawe National Park takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in June, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)

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night
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.
On the 30th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis, make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, and then delve into the distant past at Sigiriya.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Sigiriya trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Udawalawe National Park to Sigiriya in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Dhilip De Alwis
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock
Dhilip De Alwis ©
Dhilip De Alwis

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