8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka journey planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Colombo, Taxi to Dambulla
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Dambulla
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ella
— 1 night
Drive
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Arugam Bay
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kandy
— 2 nights
Fly

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Dambulla

— 2 nights
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Venture out of the city with trips to Polonnaruwa (Gal Vihara & Thuparama), Hurulu Eco Park (in Habarana) and Pidurangala Rock (in Sigiriya). And it doesn't end there: admire all the interesting features of Golden Temple of Dambulla, stroll through Dhilip De Alwis, and make a trip to Sigiriya Fortress.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Dambulla tour itinerary planner.

Pune, India to Dambulla is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Dambulla

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Ella

— 1 night
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 18th (Tue): make a trip to Nine Arches Bridge, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, and then admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Ella online road trip planner.

You can drive from Dambulla to Ella in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in May, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature

Arugam Bay

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): look for gifts at Rice & Carry Bags Shop, then contemplate the waterfront views at Arugam Bay, then boost your wellbeing at Deergayu Acupressure Center, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Pottuvil Lagoon. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Muhudu Maha Vihara, steep yourself in history at Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, and then get outside with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Arugam Bay trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ella to Arugam Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors · Shopping · Parks · Nature

Kandy

— 2 nights
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 21st (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Kundasale, examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then don't miss a visit to Degaldoruwa Temple, then look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, and finally explore the activities along Kandy Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Asgiri Maha Vihara pirivena.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kandy trip planning site.

You can drive from Arugam Bay to Kandy in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

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.