8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Colombo
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Colombo
— 1 day
Taxi + Train:  1 h
2
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
3
Matale
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Sigiriya
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
6
Nuwara Eliya
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
7
Ella
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
8
Kalametiya
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
End: Colombo

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Colombo

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Colombo trip itinerary builder site.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Colombo. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
River Rafting & Tubing

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Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
On the 13th (Sun), explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy War Cemetery, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and then stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kandy trip planner.

Do a combination of taxi and train from Colombo to Kandy in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Matale.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery

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Matale

Matale ©
A regional city in the middle of the island, Matale has become known as a center of agriculture.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nalanda Gedige, take in nature's colorful creations at Euphoria Spice and Herbal, thenexplore the fascinating underground world of Aluvihara Rock Cave Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Muthumariamman Temple.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Matale trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Kandy to Matale in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. October in Matale sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Matale

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Nalanda Gedige ©
Nalanda Gedige
Aluvihara Rock Cave Temple ©
Aluvihara Rock Cave Temple
Euphoria Spice and Herbal ©
Euphoria Spice and Herbal

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Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura ©
Explore the well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sri Lankan civilization and its former capital at Anuradhapura, a World Heritage Site and erstwhile center of Theravada Buddhism set amidst peaceful green parks.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, admire the landmark architecture of Ruwanwelisaya, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Anuradhapura trip planner.

Traveling by car from Matale to Anuradhapura takes 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites
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Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba

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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 16th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Sigiriya and then see the interesting displays at Sigiriya Museum.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Sigiriya online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Sigiriya takes 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can go by car to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Museums
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Sigiriya Museum ©
Sigiriya Museum

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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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Devon Falls, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Swarnagiri Maha Viharaya, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sita Temple.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Nuwara Eliya trip website.

Getting from Sigiriya to Nuwara Eliya by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Sita Temple ©
Sita Temple
Swarnagiri Maha Viharaya ©
Swarnagiri Maha Viharaya
Devon Falls ©
Devon Falls

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Ella Spice Garden, thenstop by R. M. S Antique And Brassware, thenadmire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Ella trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Nuwara Eliya to Ella in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kalametiya.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Spice Garden ©
Ella Spice Garden
Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden

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Kalametiya

Kalametiya ©
On the 19th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary, thenget outside with Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching, and then kick back and relax at Kalametiya Beach.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kalametiya online route maker.

Traveling by car from Ella to Kalametiya takes 3 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kalametiya

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary ©
Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary
Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching ©
Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching

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