8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Sigiriya. On the 9th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis, then stroll through Golden Temple of Dambulla, and finally view the masterpieces at Pethikada.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Sigiriya day trip tool.

St. Petersburg, Russia to Sigiriya is an approximately 16- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a 2.5 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Ella.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

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

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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 10th (Tue), explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, and then take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Ella road trip planning website.

Drive from Sigiriya to Ella in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Ella

Nature Parks
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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 11th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Galle Fort and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Hikkaduwa Beach, kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach, and then stop by Dress Palace.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Unawatuna travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Ella to Unawatuna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Unawatuna are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

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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 13th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then don't miss a visit to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kandy tour itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Unawatuna to Kandy in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. 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
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

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