8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Pinnawala
— 1 night
2
Kandy
— 2 nights
3
Galle
— 3 nights
4
Colombo
— 1 night

1
night
Pinnawala

Pinnawala ©
The main attraction in Pinnawala is undoubtedly its elephant orphanage.
To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Pinnawala trip itinerary planning website.

New Delhi, India to Pinnawala is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. While traveling from New Delhi, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Pinnawala, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Pinnawala

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trip

Millennium Elephant Foundation
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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Millennium Elephant Foundation ©
Millennium Elephant Foundation
Pinnawala Handicrafts Emporium ©
Pinnawala Handicrafts Emporium

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, then look for gifts at Jayamali Batiks Studio, and finally stroll through Royal Botanical Gardens. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and then stroll through Udawattekele Sanctuary.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kandy day trip planner.

Getting from Pinnawala to Kandy by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Galle.

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
Udawattekele Sanctuary ©
Udawattekele Sanctuary

3
nights
Galle

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Jungle Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Mirissa Beach and Hikkaduwa Beach. Step out of Galle to go to Bentota and see Bentota Beach, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's more to do: look for gifts at Orchid House and don't miss a visit to Japanese Peace Pagoda.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Galle tour builder tool.

You can fly from Kandy to Galle in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In December in Galle, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to Colombo.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Mirissa, Bentota Beach, Hikkaduwa Beach
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach

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.
On the 31st (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa and then browse the different shops at Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Colombo trip planner.

Drive from Galle to Colombo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Colombo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Shopping · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa
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Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct ©
Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct
Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa ©
Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa

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