8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Colombo
1
Colombo
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
2
Sigiriya
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Kandy
— 2 nights
Train:  6 h 30 min
4
Ella
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
6
Galle
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
7
Bentota
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 30 min
End: Colombo

1
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Seema Malakaya Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Colombo day trip app .

If you are flying in from Jordan, the closest major airports are Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport and Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport. January in Colombo sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Colombo

Historic Sites Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Seema Malakaya Temple ©
Seema Malakaya Temple

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day
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Sigiriya and then don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Sigiriya online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Colombo to Sigiriya takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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nights
Kandy

Kandy ©
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 27th (Mon): explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy War Cemetery, then don't miss a visit to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kandy road trip website .

You can drive from Sigiriya to Kandy in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Ella.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

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.
For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Ella tour planner .

Getting from Kandy to Ella by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train. On the 29th (Wed), you're off toUdawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

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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 (Wed): get to know the resident critters at Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Udawalawe National Park.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Udawalawe National Park online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Ella to Udawalawe National Park takes 2.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Udawalawe National Park can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can drive to Galle.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Udawalawa
Highlights from your plan
Safaris

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night
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
On the 31st (Fri), contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, stroll through Sea Turtle Farm, and then kick back and relax at Narigama Beach.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Galle travel planner.

You can drive from Udawalawe National Park to Galle in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Galle can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to drive to Bentota.

Things to do in Galle

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Narigama Beach
Highlights from your plan
Narigama Beach ©
Narigama Beach
Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara ©
Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort

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Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
On the 1st (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Bentota Beach and then stroll through Sea Turtle Protection Association.

To find maps and other tourist information, go to the Bentota trip planner .

Traveling by car from Galle to Bentota takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can take a train back home.

Things to do in Bentota

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Sea Turtle Protection Association ©
Sea Turtle Protection Association

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