8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru
Fly + taxi:  5​h
1
Galle
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
2
Nuwara Eliya
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Dambulla
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Bengaluru

2
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Get out of town with these interesting Galle side-trips: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Mirissa), Bentota Beach (in Bentota) and Hikkaduwa (Hikkaduwa Beach & Community Tsunami Museum). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, take in the exciting artwork at Pilgrims Lounge Chrishtopher Handicraft and Paint Gallery, stop by Lak Gems & Jewellery, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Unawatuna Devol Devalaya.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Galle vacation tool .

Bengaluru, India to Galle is an approximately 5-hour flight. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Galle when traveling from Bengaluru in October, with lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Bentota Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

2
nights
Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya ©
Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): stroll through Horton Plains National Park, then explore the activities along Kande-ela Reservoir, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country. On the next day, look for gifts at Franciscan Sister's Jam Room, relax in the rural setting at Bluefield Tea Gardens, then take in the dramatic scenery at Mohini falls, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Gregory Lake.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Nuwara Eliya online tour planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Galle to Nuwara Eliya takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Gregory Lake ©
Gregory Lake
Bluefield Tea Gardens ©
Bluefield Tea Gardens

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asgiriya Maha Viharaya, then contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally make a trip to Royal Botanical Gardens.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kandy day trip planning website .

Drive from Nuwara Eliya to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

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 6th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Sigiriya, don't miss a visit to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Dambulla sightseeing planning website .

You can drive from Kandy to Dambulla in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dambulla

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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