8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  9​h
1
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Kandy
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
3
Arugam Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Ella
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  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): make a trip to Sigiriya, then take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada, and then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla. On the 25th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock and then explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Sigiriya trip tool .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Sigiriya is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to India Standard Time (IST) is 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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): take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, then appreciate the history behind Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, then steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Kandy sightseeing planning app .

You can drive from Sigiriya to Kandy in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time 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): look for gifts at Rice & Carry Bags Shop, tour the pleasant surroundings at Arugam Bay, then visit a coastal fixture at Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kudumbigala Monastery.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Arugam Bay online itinerary planner .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Arugam Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In August in Arugam Bay, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. 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 Nature
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, and then snap pictures at Demodara Nine Arch Bridge.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Ella online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Arugam Bay to Ella takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Ella

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

2
nights
Unawatuna

On the 29th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Bentota Beach, stop by Lak Gems & Jewellery, and then contemplate the long history of Galle Fort. On your second day here, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Jungle Beach.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Unawatuna journey site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Ella to Unawatuna in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Unawatuna can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

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