8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  11​h
1
Negombo
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
2
Mirissa
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
3
Dambulla
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Pinnawala
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Kandy
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Melbourne

1
night
Negombo

Negombo ©
Located close to the international airport, Negombo has a reputation for being either the first or last taste of the country for visitors.
On the 16th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Church, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then kick back and relax at Negombo Beach, and finally look for gifts at DIANA Souvenirs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Negombo day trip planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Negombo is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Negombo is minus 4 hours. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in September: high temperatures in Negombo hover around 35°C and lows are around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Negombo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Safaris

1
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Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then don't miss a visit to The Shrine of Our Lady of Matara.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Mirissa travel planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Negombo to Mirissa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Mirissa are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

The Shrine of Our Lady of Matara
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Shrine of Our Lady of Matara ©
The Shrine of Our Lady of Matara

1
night
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Dhilip De Alwis, then explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, and then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Dambulla day trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Mirissa to Dambulla takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Pinnawala.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Dhilip De Alwis
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Dhilip De Alwis ©
Dhilip De Alwis

1
night
Pinnawala

Pinnawala ©
The main attraction in Pinnawala is undoubtedly its elephant orphanage.
On the 20th (Fri), take in the exciting artwork at Pinnawala Handicrafts Emporium, identify plant and animal life at Elephant Freedom Project, and then identify plant and animal life at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.

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You can drive from Dambulla to Pinnawala in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and taxi. In September, daytime highs in Pinnawala are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Pinnawala

Wildlife Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Elephant Freedom Project
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Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Pinnawala Handicrafts Emporium ©
Pinnawala Handicrafts Emporium

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): explore the activities along Kandy Lake, then stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Temple of the Tooth and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kandy vacation website .

Drive from Pinnawala to Kandy in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough 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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