8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Hyderabad
Fly:  1​h
1
Negombo
— 1 day
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  2​h
2
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Nuwara Eliya
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Mirissa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Bentota
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 30​min
6
Colombo
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
End: Hyderabad

1
day
Negombo

Negombo ©
Located close to the international airport, Negombo has a reputation for being either the first or last taste of the country for visitors.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sigiriya as well as Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. On the 25th (Sat), explore the ancient world of Sigiriya and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Negombo tour builder website .

Hyderabad, India to Negombo is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. Traveling from Hyderabad in January, Negombo is a bit warmer at night with lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Negombo

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Sigiriya
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kandy Lake as well as Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): explore the activities along Kandy Lake.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kandy road trip website .

Getting from Negombo to Kandy by combination of bus and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake
Kandy view point ©
Kandy view point

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Lover's Leap Falls, St Clair's Falls, Pedro Tea Factory , and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Gregory Lake, don't miss a visit to Nine Arch Bridge, then make a trip to Pedro Tea Factory , then admire the sheer force of St Clair's Falls, and finally admire the sheer force of Lover's Leap Falls.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Nuwara Eliya route planning tool .

Drive from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya in 2.5 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Mirissa.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Ella
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arch Bridge ©
Nine Arch Bridge
Gregory Lake ©
Gregory Lake

2
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Scuba & Snorkeling as well as Galle Fort. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, and then stop by Dress Palace.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Mirissa holiday builder app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Nuwara Eliya to Mirissa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Mirissa can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Wed) before leaving for Bentota.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Matara Paravi Duwa Temple, Galle Fort
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort

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 29th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kowilawatta Temple, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Hatchery, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Bentota Beach, don't miss a visit to Bentota Bazaar, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Protection Association.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Bentota online travel planner .

Getting from Mirissa to Bentota by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. In January in Bentota, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can take a train to Colombo.

Things to do in Bentota

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Sea Turtle Hatchery, Kowilawatta Temple
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Sea Turtle Protection Association ©
Sea Turtle Protection Association

1
night
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 other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Colombo day trip website .

You can take a train from Bentota to Colombo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January in Colombo, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Safaris
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

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