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:  3 h 30 min
1
Colombo
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
2
Naula
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Kandy
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 15 min
4
Galle
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  6 h 45 min
End: Mumbai

2
nights
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.
On the 15th (Mon), look for gifts at Laksala and then enjoy the sand and surf at Negombo Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Tue): browse the different shops at Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct, look for gifts at Luv SL, then stop by Stone 'N' String, and finally look for gifts at Barefoot.

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

Mumbai, India to Colombo is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. October in Colombo sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Naula.

Things to do in Colombo

Shopping Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Negombo Beach
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Stone 'N' String ©
Stone 'N' String
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach

1
night
Naula

Naula ©
On the 18th (Thu), explore the historical opulence of Golden Cave Temple, explore the fascinating underground world of The Golden Temple, and then look for gifts at Karu Arts & Crafts.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Naula road trip tool .

Getting from Colombo to Naula by car takes about 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Naula

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Karu Arts & Crafts ©
Karu Arts & Crafts

2
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.
On the 19th (Fri), look for gifts at Jayamali Batiks Studio, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, then contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then get engrossed in the history at Raja Museum, and finally stop by Kandy City Center.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kandy trip planner .

You can drive from Naula to Kandy in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Shopping Historic Sites Parks
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Jayamali Batiks Studio ©
Jayamali Batiks Studio
Kandy City Center ©
Kandy City Center

2
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Orchid House and Stick No Bills Poster Gallery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galle: Bentota Beach (in Bentota), Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa) and Mirissa Beach (in Mirissa). There's more to do: kick back and relax at Jungle Beach and stroll through Unawatuna Beach.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Galle trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Galle in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Galle

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Jungle Beach, Mirissa Beach, Hikkaduwa Beach, Bentota Beach
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach

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