8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Colombo
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  2 h 15 min
1
Sigiriya
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
2
Ella
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 45 min
3
Hikkaduwa
— 3 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  1 h 30 min
4
Kandy
— 2 nights
Train + Taxi:  1 h
End: Colombo

1
night
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 25th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Sigiriya Museum, don't miss a visit to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Sigiriya.

To find photos and tourist information, go to the Sigiriya trip itinerary builder.

Colombo to Sigiriya is an approximately 3- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Dambulla
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya Museum ©
Sigiriya Museum

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 27th (Mon), snap pictures at Nine Arches Bridge, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, then admire the natural beauty at Ella Spice Garden, and finally stop by R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Ella travel route builder site.

You can drive from Sigiriya to Ella in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and train. In May in Ella, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Shopping
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Ella Spice Garden ©
Ella Spice Garden
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge

3
nights
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Mihiripenna Beach and Jungle Beach. Appreciate the collections at Tsunami Photo Museum and Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex. Explore Hikkaduwa's surroundings by going to Bentota Beach (in Bentota) and Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Hikkaduwa Beach and examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum.

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You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Ella to Hikkaduwa in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, daytime highs in Hikkaduwa are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Mirissa, Tsunami Photo Museum, Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex, Bentota Beach
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach

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.
On the 31st (Fri), admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, take an in-depth tour of Raja Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sat): examine the collection at Ceylon Tea Museum, examine the collection at Kandy Brasswear Village, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and finally stroll through Udawattekele Sanctuary.

For other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kandy tour itinerary planning app.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Hikkaduwa to Kandy takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

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