8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Colombo
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 30 min
1
Habarana
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
2
Nuwara Eliya
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Galle
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Colombo
— 1 night
End: Colombo

2
nights
Habarana

Habarana ©
Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
You've now added Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage to your itinerary. On the 25th (Sat), stroll through Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and then make a trip to Dambulla Cave Temple. On your second day here, make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, then explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see traveler tips, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Habarana trip planner.

Colombo to Habarana is an approximately 2.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Mon) before leaving for Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Habarana

Historic Sites Spas Wildlife

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

2
nights
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 Ravana's Cave, Little Adam's Peak, Nine Arch Bridge, and other attractions. On the 27th (Mon), take in nature's colorful creations at Hakgala Botanic Gardens. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Mohini falls, get to know the fascinating history of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country, and then explore the activities along Gregory Lake.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Nuwara Eliya trip planner.

Traveling by car from Habarana to Nuwara Eliya takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. On the 29th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Galle.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ella
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge
Hakgala Botanic Gardens ©
Hakgala Botanic Gardens

2
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
On the 29th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Galle Fort.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Galle trip planning site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Nuwara Eliya to Galle in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In January in Galle, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 27°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Fri) before leaving for Colombo.

Things to do in Galle

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Hikkaduwa
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Spas

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.
You've now added Colombo City Walks to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, walk around Galle Face Green, then appreciate the history behind Independence Memorial Hall, and finally view the masterpieces at Ganeshism Studio Gallery. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Colombo National Museum and then get the lay of the land with Colombo City Walks.

To see where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Colombo travel planning website .

Traveling by train from Galle to Colombo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Museums Tours Parks
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Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

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