8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Colombo
train:  2​h 15​min
1
Dambulla
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Kandy
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
3
Galle
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
End: Colombo

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hours
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 11th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Golden Cave Temple and then Head underground at The Golden Temple.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Dambulla trip planner .

Colombo to Dambulla is an approximately 2.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Dambulla

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla

4
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.
Popular historic sites such as Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Royal Palace of Kandy are in your itinerary. Bring the kids along to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and Udawattekele Sanctuary. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Kandy Lake, look for gifts at Kandyan Art Association., take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, and take in the awesome beauty at Alagalla Mountain Range.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kandy holiday planning app .

Traveling by car from Dambulla to Kandy takes 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Royal Botanical Gardens
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

3
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Galle Fort and Dutch Reformed Church will appeal to history buffs. Attractions like Mirissa Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Galle's surroundings by going to Bentota Beach (in Bentota), Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa) and Kowilawatta Temple (in Balapitiya). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, stroll through Unawatuna Beach, and look for gifts at WAFA Jems & Jewelleries.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Galle trip planner.

Getting from Kandy to Galle by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Mirissa, Hikkaduwa Beach, Kowilawatta Temple, Bentota Beach, Jungle Beach
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach

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