8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Colombo
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
1
Sigiriya
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Ella
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Hikkaduwa
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 30​min
4
Kandy
— 2 nights
Fly:  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, then make a trip to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla, and finally examine the collection at Pethikada. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Ancient City of Sigiriya.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Sigiriya holiday planner .

Colombo to Sigiriya is an approximately 2.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Dambulla
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): take in the views from Demodara Nine Arch 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 take an in-depth tour of R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Ella trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Sigiriya to Ella in 4 hours. Another option is to take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Ella can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to 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
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge

3
nights
Hikkaduwa

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Jungle Beach and Bentota Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Hikkaduwa Beach and Mirissa Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hikkaduwa: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Mirissa), Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex (in Galle) and Mihiripenna Beach (in Unawatuna). It doesn't end there: browse the exhibits of Tsunami Photo Museum and see the interesting displays at Community Tsunami Museum.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Hikkaduwa trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Ella to Hikkaduwa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, daily temperatures in Hikkaduwa can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mirissa, Unawatuna, Tsunami Photo Museum, Bentota Beach, Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex
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Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle 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), identify plant and animal life at Royal Botanical Gardens, get engrossed in the history at Raja Museum, then steep yourself in history 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, then see the interesting displays at Kandy Brasswear Village, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Udawattekele Sanctuary.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kandy day trip planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Hikkaduwa to Kandy in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Cap off 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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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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