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 + taxi:  6​h 45​min
1
Dambulla
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Yala National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 30​min
4
Kandy
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  1​h
5
Galle
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h
End: Bengaluru

1
night
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
For where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Dambulla tour planner .

Bengaluru, India to Dambulla is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can drive to Ella.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Dhilip De Alwis, Sigiriya
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Dhilip De Alwis ©
Dhilip De Alwis

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): take in the views from Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, and then admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Ella Gem & Jewelry, then explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, then admire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden, and finally get a new perspective on nature at R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Ella sightseeing tool .

Traveling by car from Dambulla to Ella takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge
Ravana Ella Falls ©
Ravana Ella Falls

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 5th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Yala National Park trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ella to Yala National Park. In May, daytime highs in Yala National Park are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Parks Nature
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park

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 6th (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then make a trip to Kandy view point, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kandy tour itinerary planner .

You can fly from Yala National Park to Kandy in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Galle.

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
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, and then contemplate the long history of Galle Fort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Lak Gems & Jewellery, kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Galle trip tool .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Galle in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In May in Galle, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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