8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka tour planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Bentota
— 1 night
Drive
2
Unawatuna
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Fly to Kandy, Taxi to Kandy
4
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive
5
Dambulla
— 2 nights
Taxi to Colombo, Fly to Dublin

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Bentota

— 1 night
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Ahungalla Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Beruwala Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bentota Beach.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Bentota planner.

Dublin, Ireland to Bentota is an approximately 18-hour flight. You'll lose 5.5 hours traveling from Dublin to Bentota due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dublin in September, things will get much warmer in Bentota: highs are around 36°C and lows about 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Bentota

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

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Unawatuna

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, then enjoy the sand and surf at Hikkaduwa Beach, and then take in the exciting artwork at Saffron Robes. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Jungle Beach, stroll through Mirissa Beach, and then stop by Dress Palace.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Unawatuna trip builder site.

Drive from Bentota to Unawatuna in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, daytime highs in Unawatuna are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.
On the 16th (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Udawalawe National Park.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Udawalawe National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Unawatuna to Udawalawe National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight. In September, daytime highs in Udawalawe National Park are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife · Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

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 17th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, then look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

To find photos and tourist information, use the Kandy tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Udawalawe National Park to Kandy takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Dambulla.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Sigiriya Fortress and then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla.

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You can drive from Kandy to Dambulla in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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.