8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Colombo
— 1 night
2
Kandy
— 1 night
3
Arugam Bay
— 1 night
4
Ella
— 1 night
5
Dambulla
— 3 nights

1
night
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 and more tourist information, use the Colombo day trip app.

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Colombo is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites
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Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

1
night
Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, then look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kandy tour planning website.

You can do a combination of taxi and train from Colombo to Kandy in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

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

1
night
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then contemplate the waterfront views at Arugam Bay, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Pottuvil Lagoon.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Arugam Bay travel route planner.

You can drive from Kandy to Arugam Bay in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of train, taxi, and bus. In August in Arugam Bay, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Nature · Parks · Spas
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Pottuvil Lagoon ©
Pottuvil Lagoon
Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Spas

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.
On the 17th (Mon), savor the flavors at Food & Drink, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, then snap pictures at Nine Arches Bridge, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Ella trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Arugam Bay to Ella in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In August in Ella, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Dambulla.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Classes
Find places to stay Aug 16 — 17:
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge

3
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Dambulla side-trips: Pidurangala Rock (in Sigiriya) and Polonnaruwa (in Polonnaruwa). There's lots more to do: stroll through Golden Temple of Dambulla, delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, don't miss a visit to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, and take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Dambulla trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Ella to Dambulla in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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