8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Islamabad
Fly + Taxi:  9 h 15 min
1
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 15 min
2
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  2 h
3
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Pinnawala
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  2 h
5
Mirissa
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  9 h
End: Islamabad

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 5th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, then view the masterpieces at Pethikada, and then delve into the distant past at Sigiriya. On your second day here, make a trip to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Temple of Dambulla, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dambulla Cave Temple, and finally stroll through Dhilip De Alwis.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Sigiriya online itinerary planner.

Islamabad, Pakistan to Sigiriya is an approximately 9.5- hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also fly. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Dambulla, Habarana
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Dambulla Cave Temple ©
Dambulla Cave Temple

1
night
Udawalawe National Park

Udawalawe National Park ©
One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Transit Home (ETH) and then explore the striking landscape of Udawalawe National Park.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Udawalawe National Park trip app.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Sigiriya to Udawalawe National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in April, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asgiriya Maha Viharaya, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally explore the activities along Kandy Lake.

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You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Udawalawe National Park to Kandy in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Pinnawala.

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

1
night
Pinnawala

Pinnawala ©
The main attraction in Pinnawala is undoubtedly its elephant orphanage.
On the 9th (Thu), stroll through Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Freedom Project.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Pinnawala day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Pinnawala takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Pinnawala

Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Elephant Freedom Project
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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project

2
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
On the 10th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Unawatuna Devol Devalaya, then contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, then enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, and finally look for gifts at Made In Ceylon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see reviews and more tourist information, refer to the Mirissa holiday planner.

Getting from Pinnawala to Mirissa by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In April, daily temperatures in Mirissa can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Galle Fort
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Unawatuna Devol Devalaya ©
Unawatuna Devol Devalaya

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