8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Colombo
Fly:  1​h
1
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Nuwara Eliya
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Ella
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Udawalawa
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Galle
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
6
Colombo
— 1 night
End: Colombo

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.
For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Kandy online driving holiday planner .

Colombo to Kandy is an approximately 1-hour flight. You can also do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. On the 11th (Wed), you'll travel to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Kandy

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

1
night
Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya ©
Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Horton Plains National Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Kande-ela Reservoir, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sita Temple.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Nuwara Eliya trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Gregory Lake ©
Gregory Lake
Kande-ela Reservoir ©
Kande-ela Reservoir

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Ella online holiday planner .

You can drive from Nuwara Eliya to Ella in 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Udawalawa.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Nine Arch Bridge ©
Nine Arch Bridge

1
night
Udawalawa

Udawalawa ©
On the 14th (Sat), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe Nationalpark Elefant Trail.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Udawalawa sightseeing planning website .

You can drive from Ella to Udawalawa in 2 hours. September in Udawalawa sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Udawalawa

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Udawalawe Trails ©
Udawalawe Trails

2
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Vision Lanka Tours - Private Day Tours. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, see Vision Lanka Tours - Private Day Tours, and then look for gifts at The Nest Coffee 'n' Shop. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Japanese Peace Pagoda, then kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, and then identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle Farm.

To find out how to plan a trip to Galle, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Udawalawa to Galle in 3 hours. In September in Galle, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can take a train to Colombo.

Things to do in Galle

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Unawatuna
Highlights from your plan
Vision Lanka Tours ©
Vision Lanka Tours
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

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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.
To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Colombo trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Galle to Colombo by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Negombo
Highlights from your plan
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach

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