8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka travel planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Colombo, Taxi to Dambulla
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Dambulla
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kandy
— 1 night
Fly
3
Galle
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Colombo
— 1 night
Fly

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Dambulla

— 2 nights
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dambulla Cave Temple, explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, and then don't miss a visit to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Sigiriya Fortress, then don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, and then take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Dambulla journey maker tool.

Manchester, UK to Dambulla is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5.5 hours traveling from Manchester to Dambulla. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Kandy

— 1 night
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 28th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, then stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kandy trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Dambulla to Kandy takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Galle

— 2 nights
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): look for gifts at Made In Ceylon, stroll through Jungle Beach, and then contemplate the long history of Galle Fort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sat): experience rural life at Nandana Tea Factory, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Unawatuna Devol Devalaya.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Galle driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Kandy to Galle in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in October, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can go by car to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

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Udawalawe National Park

— 1 night
One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Udawalawe National Park.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Udawalawe National Park tour planner.

You can drive from Galle to Udawalawe National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. October in Udawalawe National Park sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Colombo.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Nature · Wildlife · Parks
Highlights from your trip

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.
On the 1st (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Borella All Saints Church and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Colombo day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Udawalawe National Park to Colombo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Colombo can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Historic Sites

Sri Lanka travel guide

4.1
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.