8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Fly to Colombo, Taxi to Dambulla
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Dambulla
— 1 day
Drive
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Kandy
— 1 night
Drive
3
Nuwara Eliya
— 1 night
Drive
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Ella
— 1 day
Drive
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Yala National Park
— 1 night
Drive
6
Unawatuna
— 1 night
Drive
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Galle
— 1 day
Drive
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Bentota
— 1 night
Drive
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Colombo
— 1 night
Fly

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Dambulla — 1 day

On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
On the 27th (Thu), see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour and then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Dambulla day trip website.

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Dambulla is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to Kandy.
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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.
For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kandy road trip planner.

You can drive from Dambulla to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Nuwara Eliya.
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Nuwara Eliya — 1 night

Little England

Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Nuwara Eliya day trip planner.

You can drive from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. On the 29th (Sat), you'll travel to Ella.
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Ella — 1 day

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 29th (Sat), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, view the masterpieces at I Love Ceylon Gallery, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Ella day trip tool.

You can drive from Nuwara Eliya to Ella in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to drive to Yala National Park.
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Yala National Park — 1 night

One of the most popular national parks in the country, Yala National Park boasts a wide variety of animals, and does important work in conserving and growing populations.
To find more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Yala National Park online attractions planner.

You can drive from Ella to Yala National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In October, daytime highs in Yala National Park are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. You'll set off for Unawatuna on the 30th (Sun).
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Unawatuna — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Unawatuna online day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Yala National Park to Unawatuna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In October in Unawatuna, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Galle.
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Galle — 1 day

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
On the 31st (Mon), browse the exhibits of Pilgrims Lounge Chrishtopher Handicraft and Paint Gallery, look for gifts at Cara Jewellers, and then steep yourself in history at Galle Fort.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Galle online road trip planner.

Galle is very close to Unawatuna. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to drive to Bentota.
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Bentota — 1 night

The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): stroll through Sea Turtle Protection Association.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Bentota visit planner.

Drive from Galle to Bentota in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in October, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Tue) to allow time for the train ride to Colombo.
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Colombo — 1 night

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 1st (Tue), browse the different shops at Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct.

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Colombo trip maker.

Take a train from Bentota to Colombo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November in Colombo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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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.
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