8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka journey planner

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Train to Habarana, Taxi to Dambulla
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Dambulla
— 1 night
Drive
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Anuradhapura
— 1 night
Drive
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Kandy
— 1 night
Drive
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Arugam Bay
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ella
— 1 night
Drive
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Galle
— 1 night
Drive

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Dambulla

— 1 night
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 1st (Sun): see Off-Road Tours and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Golden Temple of Dambulla. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, explore the ancient world of Sigiriya Fortress, and then view the masterpieces at Pethikada.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Dambulla trip itinerary planner.

Colombo to Dambulla is an approximately 2.5-hour combination of train and taxi. You can also do a combination of train and taxi; or drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Anuradhapura

— 1 night
Explore the well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sri Lankan civilization and its former capital at Anuradhapura, a World Heritage Site and erstwhile center of Theravada Buddhism set amidst peaceful green parks.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Ruwanwelisaya and then make a trip to Mihintale.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Anuradhapura online trip maker.

You can drive from Dambulla to Anuradhapura in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites
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Kandy

— 1 night
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 (Wed), take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, then explore the activities along Kandy Lake, then stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, and finally make a trip to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kandy trip planner.

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train, taxi, and bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

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Arugam Bay

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Arugam Bay and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Deergayu Acupressure Center.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Arugam Bay road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Arugam Bay takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In August, daily temperatures in Arugam Bay can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Nature
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Ella

— 1 night
The relaxing hilltop village of Ella benefits from a more temperate climate than much of the rest of country thanks to its high elevation.
On the 7th (Sat), snap pictures at Nine Arches Bridge, take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Ella online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Arugam Bay to Ella in 3 hours. August in Ella sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Galle.

Things to do in Ella

Nature · Parks
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Galle

— 1 night
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then take a peaceful walk through Sinharaja Forest Reserve.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Galle journey planner.

Traveling by car from Ella to Galle takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. August in Galle sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Galle

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors
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Sri Lanka travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Nature & Parks
India's Teardrop
Shaped like a teardrop and located just below the southern tip of India, lush Sri Lanka boasts some of the greatest biodiversity in the world. Unless you time your Sri Lanka holiday for monsoon season, you can expect bright blue skies and plenty of sunshine, perfect for exploring tropical forests, historic temples, colonial forts, and many other buildings dating back to Dutch rule. Popular things to do in Sri Lanka include swimming, sailing, and surfing, though a growing number of visitors come here just to eat their way around the country. Greatly influenced by nearby India, the national cuisine also features many elements of European cooking--a result of the Dutch and Portuguese colonial years. Of course, a trip to Sri Lanka would not be complete without a cup of its world-famous Ceylon tea.