8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + Taxi:  12 h 15 min
1
Galle
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h
2
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Dambulla
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  13 h
End: Melbourne

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 Hikkaduwa Beach. Family-friendly places like Mirissa Beach and Mihiripenna Beach will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Galle: Tsunami Photo Museum (in Telwatta), Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Mirissa) and Community Tsunami Museum (in Hikkaduwa). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naga Viharaya, explore the galleries of Saffron Robes, and look for gifts at Lak Gems & Jewellery.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Galle trip itinerary builder app.

Melbourne, Australia to Galle is an approximately 12.5- hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or fly. Traveling from Melbourne to Galle, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in February; daily highs in Galle reach 37°C and lows reach 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna, Mirissa, Tsunami Photo Museum, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Asgiriya Maha Viharaya. Here are some ideas for day two: get curious at Natural Gems and Gemmological Museum, then stroll through Royal Botanical Gardens, then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Sriya & Daya Curio Shop, and finally examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kandy vacation planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Galle to Kandy takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis, and then make a trip to Sigiriya.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Dambulla trip planner.

Getting from Kandy to Dambulla by car takes about 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Dhilip De Alwis
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Dhilip De Alwis ©
Dhilip De Alwis

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