8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  7 h 15 min
1
Colombo
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 45 min
2
Ella
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  3 h 30 min
3
Galle
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  8 h
End: New Delhi

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): learn about all things military at Sri Lanka Air Force Museum, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then look for gifts at Fashion Market LK, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seema Malakaya Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at The Galleries of Sapumal Foundation, examine the collection at Dutch Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Anthony's Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Shri Ponnambalawaneswaram Kovil.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Colombo journey planner.

New Delhi, India to Colombo is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from New Delhi in December: highs in Colombo hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Ella.

Things to do in Colombo

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Sri Lanka Air Force Museum
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Sri Lanka Air Force Museum ©
Sri Lanka Air Force Museum
Dolphin & Whale Watching
St Anthony's Shrine ©
St Anthony's Shrine

2
nights
Ella

Ella ©
The relaxing hilltop village of Ella benefits from a more temperate climate than much of the rest of country thanks to its high elevation.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): get a new perspective on nature at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, then indulge your taste buds at Honey Bee Garden, then don't miss a visit to Demodara Loop, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Muthiyangana Raja Maha Viharaya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Fri): Head underground at Ravana's Cave and then trek along Nature Trail Ella.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Ella online route maker .

Getting from Colombo to Ella by combination of flight and taxi takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Muthiyangana Raja Maha Viharaya
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Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden
Muthiyangana Raja Maha Viharaya ©
Muthiyangana Raja Maha Viharaya
Demodara Loop ©
Demodara Loop

3
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
You'll get in some beach time at Ahungalla Beach and Mihiripenna Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dutch Reformed Church and Narigama Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Galle: Tsunami Photo Museum (in Telwatta) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Bentota). There's lots more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, look for gifts at Stick No Bills Poster Gallery, look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fort Shri Sudarmalaya Buddhist Temple.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Galle travel planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Ella to Galle takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Galle are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa, Mihiripenna Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Ahungalla Beach, Tsunami Photo Museum
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Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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