8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka route maker

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Drive
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Unawatuna
— 3 nights
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Yala National Park
— 1 night
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Ella
— 1 night
Drive
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Sigiriya
— 1 night
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Kandy
— 1 night
Fly to Diyawanna Oya, Taxi to Colombo

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Unawatuna

Palm-fringed beaches with golden sand, turquoise water, and a colorful coral reef are enough to draw any beachgoer to Unawatuna, but there's plenty to do off the beach here as well.
Relax by the water at Jungle Beach and Mihiripenna Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Unawatuna: Mirissa (Dolphin & Whale Watching, Mirissa Beach, &more), Hikkaduwa (Saffron Robes & Hikkaduwa Beach) and Bentota (Samadi Meditation Ashramaya, Bentota Beach, &more). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort and stop by Made In Ceylon.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Unawatuna online vacation planner.

Colombo to Unawatuna is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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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.
Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Yala National Park trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Unawatuna to Yala National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in May, and nighttime lows around 29°C. You will leave for Ella on the 5th (Wed).

Things to do in Yala National Park

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

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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 6th (Thu): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, then take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge, and finally indulge your taste buds at Honey Bee Garden.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Ella online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Yala National Park to Ella takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In May, daytime highs in Ella are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Classes · Adventure

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Sigiriya Fortress, then explore the galleries of Pethikada, and then don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Sigiriya attractions app.

You can drive from Ella to Sigiriya in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

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Kandy

Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, then stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kandy trip planning app.

You can drive from Sigiriya to Kandy in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

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.