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 + taxi:  9​h
1
Ella
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Uda Walawe National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Mirissa
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
4
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Dambulla
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Mumbai

1
night
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.
To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Ella trip itinerary planner .

Mumbai, India to Ella is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and train. When traveling from Mumbai in November, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Ella: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Uda Walawe National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Nature Parks
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge

1
night
Uda Walawe National Park

Uda Walawe National Park ©
One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
On the 5th (Mon), explore the striking landscape of Udawalawe National Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Uda Walawe National Park trip planner.

Drive from Ella to Uda Walawe National Park in 2 hours. November in Uda Walawe National Park sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Uda Walawe National Park

Nature Parks
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Udawalawe National Park ©
Udawalawe National Park

1
night
Mirissa

The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach, look for gifts at Dress Palace, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Mirissa road trip tool .

Getting from Uda Walawe National Park to Mirissa by car takes about 2.5 hours. In November in Mirissa, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Mirissa

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): explore the activities along Kandy Lake, steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then appreciate the history behind Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hanthana Mountain Range, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Udawattekele Sanctuary.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kandy trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Mirissa to Kandy by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): Head underground at The Golden Temple, then make a trip to Sigiriya Craft Village, and then make a trip to Sigiriya World Heritage Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Dambulla holiday planner .

You can drive from Kandy to Dambulla in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dambulla

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Minneriya National Park
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya

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