8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Taxi to Diyawanna Oya, Fly to Kandy
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Kandy
— 1 night
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Dambulla
— 1 night
Drive
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Ella
— 1 night
Drive
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Arugam Bay
— 2 nights
Drive
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Galle
— 1 night
Drive
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Bentota
— 1 night
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum, and then explore the activities along Kandy Lake. On the next day, explore and take pictures at Royal Botanical Gardens and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Pearly Gates Lanka.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kandy day trip planning app.

Colombo to Kandy is an approximately 3-hour combination of taxi and flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Dambulla.
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Dambulla — 1 night

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 3rd (Fri): don't miss a visit to Sigiriya Fortress, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Golden Temple of Dambulla.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Dambulla trip site.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Dambulla takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.
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Ella — 1 night

The relaxing hilltop village of Ella benefits from a more temperate climate than much of the rest of country thanks to its high elevation.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, and then admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls.

For more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Ella journey planner.

Drive from Dambulla to Ella in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Arugam Bay.
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Arugam Bay — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Arugam Bay and then test the waters at Deergayu Acupressure Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Muhudu Maha Vihara and then get outside with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka.

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Traveling by car from Ella to Arugam Bay takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Galle.
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Galle — 1 night

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
On the 7th (Tue), look for gifts at Cara Jewellers, steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Galle trip planner.

Traveling by car from Arugam Bay to Galle takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in June, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Bentota.
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Bentota — 1 night

The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
On the 8th (Wed), stroll through Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center, kick back and relax at Ahungalla Beach, and then soothe aching muscles at Samadi Meditation Ashramaya.

To find ratings and more tourist information, use the Bentota road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Galle to Bentota takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Bentota can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to take a train back home.
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Sri Lanka travel guide

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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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