8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Riyadh
Fly + taxi:  7​h 15​min
1
Bentota
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Galle
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h
3
Kandy
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
4
Arugam Bay
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  3​h
5
Colombo
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Riyadh

1
night
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): stop by Gem Bank Gems & Jewellery, kick back and relax at Bentota Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Kosgoda Turtle Care.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Bentota trip itinerary planning website .

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Bentota is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Riyadh to Bentota. Traveling from Riyadh in July, things will get a bit cooler in Bentota: highs are around 37°C and lows about 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can drive to Galle.

Things to do in Bentota

Shopping Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Gem Bank Gems & Jewellery, Kosgoda Turtle Care
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Gem Bank Gems & Jewellery ©
Gem Bank Gems & Jewellery

3
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
You'll get in some beach time at Jungle Beach and Unawatuna Beach. Shop till you drop at Tsunami Photo Museum and Lak Gems & Jewellery. Change things up with these side-trips from Galle: Mirissa Beach (in Mirissa), Medawatta Beach (in Matara) and Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Mihiripenna Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery, and don't miss a visit to Japanese Peace Pagoda.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Galle trip maker site .

Getting from Bentota to Galle by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Galle can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Tsunami Photo Museum, Hikkaduwa Beach, Mirissa Beach, Medawatta Beach
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Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa 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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Asgiriya Maha Viharaya, and finally admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kandy trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Galle to Kandy in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

1
night
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
On the 15th (Mon), head outdoors with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka, then delve into the distant past at Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Arugam Bay, and finally stop by Rice & Carry Bags Shop.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Arugam Bay trip planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Arugam Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. July in Arugam Bay sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors Shopping Parks
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Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay

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 16th (Tue): browse the eclectic array of goods at Pettah, stop by Lakarcade, then view the masterpieces at Ganeshism Studio Gallery, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Colombo trip tool .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Arugam Bay to Colombo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. July in Colombo sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 31°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Shopping Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trip

National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka
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Lakarcade ©
Lakarcade
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Pettah ©
Pettah

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