8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Chennai
Fly:  4 h 45 min
1
Colombo
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
2
Bentota
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
3
Galle
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  1 h
4
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Nuwara Eliya
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  7 h
End: Chennai

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.
To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Colombo day trip site .

Chennai, India to Colombo is an approximately 5-hour flight. In October, daily temperatures in Colombo can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Bentota.

Things to do in Colombo

Shopping Historic Sites
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Stone 'N' String ©
Stone 'N' String
Seema Malakaya Temple ©
Seema Malakaya Temple
Barefoot ©
Barefoot

1
night
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): kick back and relax at Bentota Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Protection Association, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kowilawatta Temple, then identify plant and animal life at Kosgoda Turtle Care, and finally identify plant and animal life at Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Kalutara Bodhiya, enjoy the sea views from Barberyn Island Lighthouse, and then stop by Dara Gems & Jewellery.

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You can take a train from Colombo to Bentota in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daytime highs in Bentota are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Galle.

Things to do in Bentota

Parks Shopping Classes

Side Trips

Kosgoda, Beruwala, Kalutara Bodhiya, Kowilawatta Temple
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Kalutara Bodhiya ©
Kalutara Bodhiya

1
night
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
On the 16th (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Church, look for gifts at Lihiniya Gems, and then contemplate the long history of Galle Fort.

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Traveling by train from Bentota to Galle takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in October, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Historic Sites Shopping
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dutch Reformed Church ©
Dutch Reformed Church
Lihiniya Gems ©
Lihiniya Gems

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 17th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Udawattekele Sanctuary and then stop by Jayamali Batiks Studio.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kandy trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Galle to Kandy in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Shopping
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Udawattekele Sanctuary ©
Udawattekele Sanctuary
Jayamali Batiks Studio ©
Jayamali Batiks Studio

1
night
Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya ©
Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Moon Plains, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sita Temple, then pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Church, and finally look for gifts at Mackwoods Tea Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Fri): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Nuwara Eliya visit planning website .

Drive from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya in 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Shopping Parks Nature
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Moon Plains ©
Moon Plains
Sita Temple ©
Sita Temple
Holy Trinity Church ©
Holy Trinity Church

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