8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Bentota
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Mirissa
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
3
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Dambulla
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: London

2
nights
Bentota

The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bentota Beach and Akurala Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Spas. Venture out of the city with trips to Panadura Beach (in Panadura), Kalutara Beach (in Kalutara) and Hikkaduwa (Narigama Beach & Hikkaduwa Beach). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Protection Association, tour the pleasant surroundings at Beruwala Beach, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and enjoy the sand and surf at Ahungalla Beach.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Bentota itinerary planning site .

London, UK to Bentota is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to India Standard Time is 5 hours. When traveling from London in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Bentota: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Bentota

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Ahungalla, Kalutara Beach, Panadura Beach, Akurala Beach
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
Mirissa

The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, kick back and relax at Kabalana Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Secret Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Matara Beach.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Mirissa day trip tool .

You can drive from Bentota to Mirissa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August in Mirissa, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Matara Beach, Kabalana Beach
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Matara Beach ©
Matara Beach
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach

1
night
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 15th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kandy road trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Mirissa to Kandy in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Dambulla.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nalanda Gedige, stroll through Golden Temple of Dambulla, explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, look for all kinds of wild species at Dhilip De Alwis, then take in nature's colorful creations at Popham's Arboretum, and finally browse the fresh offerings at Dambulla Dedicated Economic Centre.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Dambulla day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Kandy to Dambulla takes 2.5 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Dhilip De Alwis, Sigiriya, Nalanda Gedige
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Dhilip De Alwis ©
Dhilip De Alwis
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya

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