8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Manama
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Colombo
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
2
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Ella
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Galle
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  1​h
5
Kandy
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Manama

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.
For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Colombo vacation builder .

Manama, Bahrain to Colombo is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. Traveling from Manama to Colombo, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Manama in June; daily highs in Colombo reach 37°C and lows reach 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks Historic Sites Shopping
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Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara ©
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara

2
nights
Sigiriya

Sigiriya ©
The historic rock of the same name dominates the landscape of World Heritage-listed Sigiriya, where the steep and striking lava plug contains the ruins of an ancient empire.
On the 9th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Minneriya National Park. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, identify plant and animal life at Dhilip De Alwis, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Golden Temple of Dambulla, and finally see the interesting displays at Pethikada.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Sigiriya trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Colombo to Sigiriya by combination of flight and taxi takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Ella.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Habarana, Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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.
On the 11th (Tue), get a new perspective on nature at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, then don't miss a visit to Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, and finally look for gifts at Ella Gem & Jewelry.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Ella itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Ella takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Galle.

Things to do in Ella

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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ravana Ella Falls ©
Ravana Ella Falls
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge

1
night
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Jungle Beach, then stop by Lak Gems & Jewellery, and finally steep yourself in history at Galle Fort.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Galle road trip planning site .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Ella to Galle in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Unawatuna
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Japanese Peace Pagoda ©
Japanese Peace Pagoda

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 13th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and finally explore the activities along Kandy Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, then stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, and then take in the awesome beauty at Hanthana Mountain Range.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kandy trip maker .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Galle to Kandy in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Nature 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

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