8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Galle
— 1 night
2
Kandy
— 1 night
3
Yala National Park
— 1 night
4
Ella
— 2 nights
5
Dambulla
— 2 nights

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), tour the pleasant surroundings at Jungle Beach, thensteep yourself in history at Galle Fort, and then take in the exciting artwork at Pilgrims Lounge Chrishtopher Handicraft and Paint Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, stroll through Mirissa Beach, and then stop by Cara Jewellers.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Galle itinerary app.

Colombo to Galle is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Galle are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up 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
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): explore the activities along Kandy Lake, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, thenmake a trip to Kandy view point, and finally don't miss a visit to Royal Botanical Gardens.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kandy road trip site.

Fly from Galle to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to 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
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

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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.
On the 27th (Fri), explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Yala National Park online journey planner.

You can fly from Kandy to Yala National Park in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in December, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Nature Parks
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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 Nine Arches Bridge, thentake your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, and then admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls. Keep things going the next day: stop by Ella Gem & Jewelry, take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, thentake in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden, and finally stop by R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Ella travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Yala National Park to Ella takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches 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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, thendon't miss a visit to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, thenbrowse the exhibits of Pethikada, and finally delve into the distant past at Sigiriya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Outdoor Activities, thendon't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, thenstroll through Dhilip De Alwis, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Dambulla online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Ella to Dambulla takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trips

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

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