8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly + Drive:  8 h
1
Pinnawala
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Sigiriya
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Kandy
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  1 h 15 min
4
Unawatuna
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Bentota
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  4 h 30 min
End: Mumbai

1
night
Pinnawala

Pinnawala ©
The main attraction in Pinnawala is undoubtedly its elephant orphanage.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, look for gifts at Luv SL, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Freedom Project.

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Mumbai, India to Pinnawala is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Mumbai in October: highs in Pinnawala hover around 35°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Pinnawala

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trip

Elephant Freedom Project
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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project
Luv SL ©
Luv SL

1
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, then don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, and then identify plant and animal life at Dhilip De Alwis.

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Traveling by car from Pinnawala to Sigiriya takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Dhilip De Alwis
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Dhilip De Alwis ©
Dhilip De Alwis
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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 4th (Fri), explore the activities along Kandy Lake, then stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Royal Botanical Gardens.

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Drive from Sigiriya to Kandy in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Jungle Beach and Unawatuna Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Unawatuna: Mirissa (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Mirissa Beach) and Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa).

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You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Unawatuna in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Unawatuna sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Bentota.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

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

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 8th (Tue): kick back and relax at Bentota Beach and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Bentota tour itinerary site .

You can drive from Unawatuna to Bentota in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October in Bentota, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bentota

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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