8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Dambulla — 1 day

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 1st (Sat): browse the fresh offerings at Dambulla Dedicated Economic Centre, then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and then explore and take pictures at Golden Temple of Dambulla.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Dambulla online trip itinerary maker.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Dambulla is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You'll lose 1.5 hours traveling from Dubai to Dambulla due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can go by car to Kandy.
Tours · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites

Kandy — 2 nights

Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
On the 2nd (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally make a trip to Royal Botanical Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon): look for gifts at Earth Bound Creations Showroom, tour the pleasant surroundings at Udawattekele Sanctuary, then see the interesting displays at World Buddhist Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of Raja Museum.

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Getting from Dambulla to Kandy by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to fly to Unawatuna.
Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trip

Unawatuna — 4 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.
You'll get in some beach time at Mirissa Beach and Hikkaduwa Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Unawatuna: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Mirissa), Ahungalla Beach (in Ahungalla) and Bentota Beach (in Bentota). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Mihiripenna Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Jungle Beach, and contemplate the long history of Galle Fort.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Unawatuna visit planning website.

Traveling by flight from Kandy to Unawatuna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
Side Trips

Sri Lanka travel guide

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.