8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: St. Petersburg
Fly:  20​h 45​min
1
Sigiriya
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Ella
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  2​h 15​min
3
Unawatuna
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h
4
Kandy
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: St. Petersburg

1
night
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.
On the 8th (Sun), delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Sigiriya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, identify plant and animal life at Dhilip De Alwis, then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, and finally examine the collection at Pethikada.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Sigiriya trip planner.

St. Petersburg, Russia to Sigiriya is an approximately 21-hour flight. Traveling from St. Petersburg to Sigiriya, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Golden Temple of Dambulla, Dhilip De Alwis
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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 10th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, and then make a trip to Demodara Nine Arch Bridge.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Ella online tour planner .

Getting from Sigiriya to Ella by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Ella

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

2
nights
Unawatuna

Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Galle Fort and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Hikkaduwa Beach, then stroll through Mirissa Beach, and then stop by Dress Palace.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Unawatuna trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Ella to Unawatuna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Mirissa, Hikkaduwa Beach, Galle Fort
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach

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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 13th (Fri): explore the activities along Kandy Lake, then stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Kandy online trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Unawatuna to Kandy in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

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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