8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Colombo
Train:  1​h 45​min
1
Galle
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  1​h
2
Kandy
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 30​min
3
Yala National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Dambulla
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
End: Colombo

1
night
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
On the 24th (Tue), kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, and then view the masterpieces at Pilgrims Lounge Chrishtopher Handicraft and Paint Gallery. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach, and then stop by Cara Jewellers.

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Colombo to Galle is an approximately 2-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Mirissa, Jungle Beach
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Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach

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.
On the 26th (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, then contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then make a trip to Kandy view point, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kandy trip website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Galle to Kandy takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Yala National Park.

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
Yala National Park

Yala National Park ©
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 27th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Yala National Park trip itinerary maker app .

Fly from Kandy to Yala National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. In December in Yala National Park, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ella.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Parks Nature
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park

2
nights
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 (Sat), take in the views from Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Ella Gem & Jewelry, take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, then take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden, and finally get a new perspective on nature at R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yala National Park to Ella. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Dambulla.

Things to do in Ella

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

2
nights
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
On the 30th (Mon), explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, make a trip to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, then take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada, and finally explore the ancient world of Sigiriya. On your second day here, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

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You can drive from Ella to Dambulla in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Habarana
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla

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