8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Colombo
— 1 night
2
Kandy
— 1 night
3
Unawatuna
— 3 nights
4
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
5
Ella
— 1 night

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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 15th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Colombo National Museum, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, and then look for gifts at Urban Island. Keep things going the next day: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then stroll through Negombo Beach.

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Chennai, India to Colombo is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. In December, daytime highs in Colombo are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

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Negombo
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum

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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 17th (Tue): explore the activities along Kandy Lake, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, thensee the interesting displays at World Buddhist Museum, and finally admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kandy day trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and train from Colombo to Kandy in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Unawatuna.

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
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

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Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Palm-fringed beaches with golden sand, turquoise water, and a colorful coral reef are enough to draw any beachgoer to Unawatuna, but there's plenty to do off the beach here as well.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Community Tsunami Museum and Tsunami Photo Museum. For shopping fun, head to Lak Gems & Jewellery or Saffron Robes. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Unawatuna: Bentota Beach (in Bentota), Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa) and Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching). There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach and stroll through Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Unawatuna trip itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Kandy to Unawatuna in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, daytime highs in Unawatuna are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Mirissa, Tsunami Photo Museum, Bentota Beach, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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Udawalawe National Park

Udawalawe National Park
One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
On the 21st (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Udawalawe National Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Udawalawe National Park road trip app.

Traveling by car from Unawatuna to Udawalawe National Park takes 3.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature

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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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, thenlook for gifts at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, and then expand your horizons at Honey Bee Garden.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Ella day trip planner.

You can drive from Udawalawe National Park to Ella in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ella

Spas Parks Classes
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Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden
Spas

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