8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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1
Kandy
— 1 night
2
Dambulla
— 2 nights
3
Nilaveli
— 1 night
4
Arugam Bay
— 1 night
5
Galle
— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, thensee the interesting displays at World Buddhist Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asgiri Maha Vihara pirivena. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Royal Botanical Gardens, play a few rounds at RB Tours Srilanka, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, thenexamine the collection at Kandy Brasswear Village, and finally stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kandy trip planner.

Colombo to Kandy is an approximately 1.5-hour combination of taxi and train. You can also take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Dambulla.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife Parks 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

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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.
On the 20th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sath Paththini Devalaya, stroll through Golden Temple of Dambulla, and then take an in-depth tour of Arankelle Ancient Monastery. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, and then explore the galleries of Pethikada.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Dambulla day trip planning site.

You can drive from Kandy to Dambulla in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Nilaveli.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Arankelle Ancient Monastery
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Sath Paththini Devalaya ©
Sath Paththini Devalaya

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night
Nilaveli

Nilaveli ©
The coastal resort town of Nilaveli draws visitors with its beaches, dive spots, and seaside hotels.
On the 22nd (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then stroll through Nilaveli Beach.

To find out how to plan a trip to Nilaveli, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Dambulla to Nilaveli in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Nilaveli

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Trincomalee
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Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple ©
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple

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night
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): look for gifts at Rice & Carry Bags Shop, thenstroll through Arugam Bay, thenindulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally explore the activities along Pottuvil Lagoon.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Arugam Bay vacation site.

Traveling by car from Nilaveli to Arugam Bay takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

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

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nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): stop by Shoba, kick back and relax at Hikkaduwa Beach, thenexplore the galleries of Tsunami Photo Museum, and finally examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Mihiripenna Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Galle trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Arugam Bay to Galle in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Tsunami Photo Museum
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Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach

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