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:  5 h
1
Colombo
— 1 night
Fly:  1 h
2
Kandy
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  1 h 15 min
3
Unawatuna
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h
4
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Ella
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  5 h 30 min
End: Chennai

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Colombo National Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, and then look for gifts at Urban Island. On your second day here, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then kick back and relax at Negombo Beach.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Colombo trip planner .

Chennai, India to Colombo is an approximately 5-hour flight. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Negombo
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum

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.
On the 17th (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then see the interesting displays at World Buddhist Museum, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens.

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

Fly from Colombo to Kandy in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Unawatuna.

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

3
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Relax by the water at Jungle Beach and Bentota Beach. Let the collections at Tsunami Photo Museum and Community Tsunami Museum capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Unawatuna: Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching) and Hikkaduwa (Hikkaduwa Beach & Saffron Robes Gallery and Studio).

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Unawatuna trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Kandy to Unawatuna by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. December in Unawatuna sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Uda Walawe National Park.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Mirissa, Tsunami Photo Museum, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery, Bentota Beach
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Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

1
night
Udawalawe National Park

Udawalawe National Park ©
One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Udawalawe National Park.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Uda Walawe National Park trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Unawatuna to Uda Walawe National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December in Uda Walawe National Park, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Udawalawe National Park ©
Udawalawe National Park

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then view the masterpieces at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, and then admire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Ella driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Uda Walawe National Park to Ella takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ella

Spas Parks Classes
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Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden
Spas

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