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:  1​h
1
Kandy
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
2
Mirissa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Hikkaduwa
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
4
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 15​min
End: Colombo

2
nights
Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kandy: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Millennium Elephant Foundation (in Kegalle). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, appreciate the history behind Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and see the interesting displays at Ceylon Tea Museum.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kandy road trip website .

Colombo to Kandy is an approximately 1-hour flight. You can also do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Millennium Elephant Foundation, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

1
night
Mirissa

The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): stroll through Mirissa Beach, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then look for gifts at Dress Palace.

To see maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Mirissa travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Mirissa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Mirissa can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach

2
nights
Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa ©
One of the most scenic beach resorts in Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa features a number of long white sand beaches with palm trees and gentle waves.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes New Berlin Tours. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): make a trip to Tsunami Honganji Vihara, kick back and relax at Hikkaduwa Beach, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with New Berlin Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, then steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, and then identify plant and animal life at Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Hikkaduwa online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Mirissa to Hikkaduwa takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Jungle Beach, Galle Fort
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

2
nights
Sigiriya

Sigiriya ©
The historic rock of the same name dominates the landscape of World Heritage-listed Sigiriya, where the steep and striking lava plug contains the ruins of an ancient empire.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, explore the galleries of Pethikada, and then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Pidurangala Rock and then explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Sigiriya vacation maker website .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Hikkaduwa to Sigiriya in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Golden Temple of Dambulla, Minneriya National Park
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla

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