8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka holiday planner
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Fly
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Colombo
— 1 day
Train to Habarana, Taxi to Dambulla
2
Dambulla
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
Drive
4
Kandy
— 1 night
Fly
5
Yala National Park
— 1 night
Fly
6
Galle
— 2 nights
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Colombo — 1 day

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 24th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Colombo National Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, and then walk around Galle Face Green.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Colombo holiday planner.

Bengaluru, India to Colombo is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Bengaluru in December, with highs in Colombo at 36°C and lows at 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Dambulla.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

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.
On the 25th (Sun), stroll through Dhilip De Alwis, then don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, then delve into the distant past at Sigiriya Fortress, and finally view the masterpieces at Pethikada. On the next day, see Off-Road Tours and then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Dambulla online tour planner.

Getting from Colombo to Dambulla by combination of train and taxi takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Anuradhapura.
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Side Trips

Anuradhapura — 1 night

Explore the well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sri Lankan civilization and its former capital at Anuradhapura, a World Heritage Site and erstwhile center of Theravada Buddhism set amidst peaceful green parks.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Ruwanwelisaya and then make a trip to Mihintale.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Anuradhapura online itinerary planner.

Getting from Dambulla to Anuradhapura by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kandy.
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Historic Sites

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.
On the 28th (Wed), explore the activities along Kandy Lake, then make a trip to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kandy travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Yala National Park.
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Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature
Side Trip

Yala National Park — 1 night

One of the most popular national parks in the country, Yala National Park boasts a wide variety of animals, and does important work in conserving and growing populations.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Yala National Park journey planner.

Getting from Kandy to Yala National Park by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, daytime highs in Yala National Park are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to fly to Galle.
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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 30th (Fri): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then contemplate the long history of Galle Fort. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Jungle Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hikkaduwa Beach.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Galle vacation maker.

Traveling by flight from Yala National Park to Galle takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites
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Sri Lanka travel guide

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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.
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