8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Dubai
Fly:  9 h
1
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Kandy
— 1 night
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  2 h 45 min
3
Arugam Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
4
Ella
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 15 min
5
Unawatuna
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  8 h
End: Dubai

2
nights
Sigiriya

Sigiriya ©
The historic rock of the same name dominates the landscape of World Heritage-listed Sigiriya, where the steep and striking lava plug contains the ruins of an ancient empire.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada, and then stroll through Golden Temple of Dambulla. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock and then explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Sigiriya vacation builder app.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Sigiriya is an approximately 9- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You'll lose 1.5 hours traveling from Dubai to Sigiriya due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Golden Temple of Dambulla, Minneriya National Park
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

1
night
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 26th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, then pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kandy tour itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Sigiriya to Kandy in 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Arugam Bay.

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

1
night
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): stop by Rice & Carry Bags Shop, then explore the activities along Arugam Bay, then enjoy the sea views from Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kudumbigala Monastery.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Arugam Bay trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Arugam Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Arugam Bay can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Historic Sites Shopping Beaches
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Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay

1
night
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.
On the 28th (Wed), take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, and then make a trip to Nine Arches Bridge.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Ella online holiday planner.

Drive from Arugam Bay to Ella in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Ella sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): kick back and relax at Bentota Beach, then look for gifts at Lak Gems & Jewellery, and then steep yourself in history at Galle Fort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then stroll through Jungle Beach.

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Do a combination of flight and taxi from Ella to Unawatuna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In August in Unawatuna, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Bentota Beach, Galle Fort, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach

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