8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Gdansk
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Colombo
— 1 day
Fly + taxi:  1​h 45​min
2
Nuwara Eliya
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Ella
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  21​h
End: Gdansk

1
day
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.
On the 11th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Colombo National Museum, then walk around Galle Face Green, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Colombo trip planner .

Gdansk, Poland to Colombo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Gdansk to Colombo. Traveling from Gdansk in October, things will get warmer in Colombo: highs are around 36°C and lows about 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Colombo

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Hakgala Botanic Gardens, take in the dramatic scenery at Mohini falls, and then explore the striking landscape of Horton Plains National Park.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Nuwara Eliya day trip site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Colombo to Nuwara Eliya takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Hakgala Botanic Gardens ©
Hakgala Botanic Gardens

1
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.
On the 13th (Sun), explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, and then don't miss a visit to Demodara Nine Arch Bridge.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Ella journey planning app .

Traveling by car from Nuwara Eliya to Ella takes 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

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.
On the 14th (Mon), delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, then take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Golden Temple of Dambulla. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock and then explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park.

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You can drive from Ella to Sigiriya in 4 hours. Another option is to take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, then stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and finally steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kandy trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Kandy takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

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

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