8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Colombo
Fly:  1​h
1
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Ella
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 15​min
4
Unawatuna
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
End: Colombo

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.
On the 17th (Fri), take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, then contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then contemplate the long history of Temple of the Tooth, and finally make a trip to Kandy view point. On the next day, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asgiriya Maha Viharaya, then look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Hanthana Mountain Range.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kandy tour planning website .

Colombo to Kandy is an approximately 1-hour flight. You can also do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Sigiriya.

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

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 19th (Sun), explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Sigiriya. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, identify plant and animal life at Dhilip De Alwis, then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla, and finally see the interesting displays at Pethikada.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Sigiriya holiday site .

You can drive from Kandy to Sigiriya in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Golden Temple of Dambulla, Dhilip De Alwis
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Ancient City of Sigiriya ©
Ancient City of Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

2
nights
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 21st (Tue), snap pictures at Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, then stop by Ella Gem & Jewelry, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Ella Spice Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on nature at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, then take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, and then admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Ella day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Ella takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, daytime highs in Ella are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Shopping
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ravana Ella Falls ©
Ravana Ella Falls
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

2
nights
Unawatuna

Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, then don't miss a visit to Japanese Peace Pagoda, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Jungle Beach, and finally look for gifts at Lak Gems & Jewellery.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Unawatuna day trip website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Ella to Unawatuna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Unawatuna can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can take a train back home.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Mirissa, Galle Fort
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

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