8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Chennai
Fly + Taxi:  3 h 15 min
1
Bentota
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Unawatuna
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h 15 min
3
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
End: Chennai

1
night
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Protection Association.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Bentota itinerary maker website .

Chennai, India to Bentota is an approximately 3.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. In November in Bentota, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Bentota

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Kalutara
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Sea Turtle Protection Association ©
Sea Turtle Protection Association

3
nights
Unawatuna

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.
Head to Tsunami Photo Museum and Lak Gems & Jewelleryfor some retail therapy. Get some cultural insight at Galle Fort and Community Tsunami Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa) and Mirissa (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Mirissa Beach).

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Unawatuna online holiday planner .

You can drive from Bentota to Unawatuna in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In December in Unawatuna, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mirissa, Hikkaduwa, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa, Tsunami Photo Museum, Galle Fort
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Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): explore the activities along Kandy Lake, contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asgiriya Maha Viharaya, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens.

For reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kandy road trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Unawatuna to Kandy takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

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

2
nights
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 6th (Fri), explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, then view the masterpieces at Pethikada, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Golden Temple of Dambulla.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Sigiriya road trip site .

Getting from Kandy to Sigiriya by car takes about 3 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya Museum ©
Sigiriya Museum

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