8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Riyadh
Fly + bus + train:  10​h
Kandy
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
Habarana
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  10​h 30​min
Riyadh

3
days
Kandy

Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Go for a jaunt from Kandy to Pinnawala to see Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, make a trip to Kandy view point, identify plant and animal life at Udawattekele Sanctuary, and explore the activities along Kandy Lake.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kandy vacation trip planner.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Kandy is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Riyadh to Kandy is 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Kandy Lake
Royal Botanical Gardens

1
day
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 17th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, and then don't miss a visit to Demodara Nine Arch Bridge.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Ella sightseeing planner.

Drive from Kandy to Ella in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Habarana.

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Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge

2
days
Habarana

Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): browse for treasures at sigiri art gallery and then don't miss a visit to Sigiriya World Heritage Site. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, then see the interesting displays at Pethikada, then explore the historical opulence of Golden Cave Temple, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of The Golden Temple.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Habarana sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Ella to Habarana takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Habarana

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Dambulla
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The Golden Temple
Sigiriya World Heritage Site
Minneriya National Park

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