8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Jaipur
Fly:  10​h 15​min
1
Galle
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
2
Beruwala
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h
3
Dambulla
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Kandy
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h
5
Colombo
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Jaipur

2
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, then stop by Orchid House, then stroll through Jungle Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Unawatuna Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Galle road trip planning tool .

Jaipur, India to Galle is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Beruwala.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Beruwala

Beruwala ©
Beruwala is a town in Kalutara District, Western Province, Sri Lanka, governed by an Urban Council. On the 13th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Protection Association, then look for all kinds of wild species at Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center, then stroll through Bentota Beach, and finally look for gifts at Dara Gems & Jewellery.

To find where to stay and tourist information, go to the Beruwala sightseeing planning website .

Traveling by car from Galle to Beruwala takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April in Beruwala, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Beruwala

Parks Beaches Classes

Side Trips

Bentota, Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Sea Turtle Protection Association ©
Sea Turtle Protection Association

1
night
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 14th (Sat): look for gifts at Lanka Silks, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Golden Cave Temple, and then Head underground at The Golden Temple.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Dambulla road trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Beruwala to Dambulla takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Lanka Silks
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Lanka Silks ©
Lanka Silks

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.
On the 15th (Sun), stop by Kandy City Center, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, examine the collection at National Museum Kandy, then steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally look for gifts at Jayamali Batiks Studio.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kandy online trip planner .

Drive from Dambulla to Kandy in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Kandy

Shopping Historic Sites Nature
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake
Jayamali Batiks Studio ©
Jayamali Batiks Studio

1
night
Colombo

Colombo ©
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum, buy something for everyone on your list at Arcade Independence Square, then stop by Barefoot, and finally look for gifts at Stone 'N' String. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, buy something for everyone on your list at Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct, and then stroll through Negombo Beach.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Colombo trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Kandy to Colombo by combination of taxi and flight takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Negombo Beach
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Stone 'N' String ©
Stone 'N' String
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach

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