8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka holiday planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Colombo, Taxi to Dambulla
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Dambulla
— 1 night
Drive
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Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Arugam Bay
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ella
— 1 night
Drive
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Colombo
— 1 night
Fly

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Dambulla

— 1 night
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 3rd (Mon): explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Sigiriya Fortress, then make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, and then stroll through Dhilip De Alwis.

For other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Dambulla travel itinerary planner.

Pune, India to Dambulla is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Kandy

— 2 nights
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 (Wed), admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Pearly Gates Lanka, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Kundasale, then see the interesting displays at Raja Museum, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kandy road trip app.

Traveling by car from Dambulla to Kandy takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Arugam Bay

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): look for gifts at Rice & Carry Bags Shop, tour the pleasant surroundings at Arugam Bay, then indulge in some personalized pampering at Deergayu Acupressure Center, and finally explore the activities along Pottuvil Lagoon. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Muhudu Maha Vihara, delve into the distant past at Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, and then get outside with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Arugam Bay travel planner.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Arugam Bay takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of train, taxi, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors · Shopping · Parks · Nature
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Ella

— 1 night
The relaxing hilltop village of Ella benefits from a more temperate climate than much of the rest of country thanks to its high elevation.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Ella trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Arugam Bay to Ella by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in May, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to drive to Colombo.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Classes · Outdoors

Colombo

— 1 night
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 10th (Mon): make a trip to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Borella All Saints Church, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Colombo day trip planning tool.

Drive from Ella to Colombo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In May in Colombo, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Historic Sites

Sri Lanka travel guide

4.2
Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Nature & Parks
India's Teardrop
Shaped like a teardrop and located just below the southern tip of India, lush Sri Lanka boasts some of the greatest biodiversity in the world. Unless you time your Sri Lanka holiday for monsoon season, you can expect bright blue skies and plenty of sunshine, perfect for exploring tropical forests, historic temples, colonial forts, and many other buildings dating back to Dutch rule. Popular things to do in Sri Lanka include swimming, sailing, and surfing, though a growing number of visitors come here just to eat their way around the country. Greatly influenced by nearby India, the national cuisine also features many elements of European cooking--a result of the Dutch and Portuguese colonial years. Of course, a trip to Sri Lanka would not be complete without a cup of its world-famous Ceylon tea.