8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Galle
— 3 nights
2
Kandy
— 1 night
3
Dambulla
— 1 night
4
Ella
— 1 night
5
Colombo
— 1 night

3
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Visiting Dolphin & Whale Watching and Bentota Beach will get you outdoors. We've included these beaches for you: Jungle Beach and Hikkaduwa Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Galle: Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center (in Kosgoda) and Mirissa Beach (in Mirissa). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Church, look for gifts at Stick No Bills Poster Gallery, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Galle trip planner.

Dhaka City, Bangladesh to Galle is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. In December, daytime highs in Galle are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Mirissa, Jungle Beach, Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa, Bentota Beach
Highlights from your plan
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace of Kandy, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and finally look for gifts at Jayamali Batiks Studio.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kandy tour itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Galle to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Dambulla.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites · Shopping · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake
Royal Palace of Kandy ©
Royal Palace of Kandy

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.
On the 12th (Wed), explore the ancient world of Sigiriya and then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Dambulla tour itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Kandy to Dambulla by car takes about 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Sigiriya
Highlights from your plan
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge, then explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, and then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Ella day trip site.

Traveling by car from Dambulla to Ella takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Colombo.

Things to do in Ella

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

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 14th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, then stop by Stone 'N' String, and then get engrossed in the history at Colombo National Museum.

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Drive from Ella to Colombo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. December in Colombo sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Stone 'N' String ©
Stone 'N' String

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