8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Bengaluru
Fly:  1 h 30 min
1
Colombo
— Few hours
Drive:  3 h
2
Sigiriya
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
3
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Nuwara Eliya
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 45 min
5
Bentota
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Galle
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 45 min
7
Colombo
— 1 day
Fly:  5 h
End: Bengaluru

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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.
To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Colombo trip planner.

Bengaluru, India to Colombo is an approximately 5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Bengaluru in December, with highs in Colombo at 36°C and lows at 28°C. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Minneriya Tusker Safaris, Dambulla Cave Temple and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, identify plant and animal life at Minneriya Tusker Safaris, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dambulla Cave Temple.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Sigiriya day trip tool.

Getting from Colombo to Sigiriya by combination of flight and taxi takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Kandy.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Dambulla Cave Temple, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Dambulla Cave Temple ©
Dambulla Cave Temple
Minneriya Tusker Safaris ©
Minneriya Tusker Safaris

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nights
Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ramboda Waterfall as well as Kandy Lake Club - Cultural Dance Show. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then get a new perspective on nature at Natural Gems and Gemmological Museum, then look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, and finally listen to music at Kandy Lake Club - Cultural Dance Show.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Kandy day trip app.

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Kandy takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Ramboda Waterfall, Royal Botanical Gardens, Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple ©
Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple
Natural Gems and Gemmological Museum ©
Natural Gems and Gemmological Museum

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night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sita Temple as well as Gregory Lake. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): explore the activities along Gregory Lake and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sita Temple.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Nuwara Eliya online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya takes 2.5 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Wed) before leaving for Bentota.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Gregory Lake ©
Gregory Lake
Sita Temple ©
Sita Temple

1
night
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Bentota road trip planning app.

Drive from Nuwara Eliya to Bentota in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Galle.

Things to do in Bentota

Wildlife Parks
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Sea Turtle Protection Association ©
Sea Turtle Protection Association

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night
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 26th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Church, contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Galle journey planning website.

Traveling by car from Bentota to Galle takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can take a train to Colombo.

Things to do in Galle

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Dutch Reformed Church ©
Dutch Reformed Church

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day
Colombo

Colombo ©
On the 27th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Colombo National Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Independence Memorial Hall, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mount Lavinia Beach.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Colombo trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by train from Galle to Colombo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Mount Lavinia Beach ©
Mount Lavinia Beach
Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum
Independence Memorial Hall ©
Independence Memorial Hall

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