8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Pune
Fly + taxi:  6​h 30​min
1
Dambulla
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Kandy
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
3
Unawatuna
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  6​h
End: Pune

2
nights
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, don't miss a visit to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Dambulla tour itinerary planner.

Pune, India to Dambulla is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya

2
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.
On the 5th (Thu), explore the activities along Kandy Lake, stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally stroll through Royal Botanical Gardens. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Kandy view point and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

Plan my day in Kandy using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Dambulla to Kandy by car takes about 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

3
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Attractions like Jungle Beach and Mirissa Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Unawatuna's surroundings by going to Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Mirissa), Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa) and Bentota Beach (in Bentota).

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Unawatuna trip builder .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Unawatuna in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Unawatuna can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mirissa, Bentota Beach, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery, Galle Fort, Hikkaduwa Beach
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

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