8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Chennai
Fly:  2​h 30​min
1
Negombo
— 1 day
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  45​min
2
Colombo
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h
3
Kandy
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
4
Mirissa
— 1 night
train:  45​min
5
Unawatuna
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Kalametiya
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Ella
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Chennai


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1
day
Negombo

Located close to the international airport, Negombo has a reputation for being either the first or last taste of the country for visitors.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): look for gifts at Selyn, then stroll through Negombo Beach, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Negombo travel route planner .

Chennai, India to Negombo is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. When traveling from Chennai in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Negombo, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Colombo.

Things to do in Negombo

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Selyn ©
Selyn

1
night
Colombo

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 10th (Fri): walk around Galle Face Green, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, then take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum, and finally stroll through Viharamahadevi Park.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Colombo trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Negombo to Colombo in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. In May in Colombo, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum

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.
On the 11th (Sat), admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, then contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and finally explore the activities along Kandy Lake.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kandy trip builder website .

You can fly from Colombo to Kandy in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Mirissa.

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
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): stop by LAZY.RIDE, then stroll through Mirissa Beach, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Mirissa trip itinerary website .

Getting from Kandy to Mirissa by combination of flight and taxi takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. May in Mirissa sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
On the 13th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, then kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, and then kick back and relax at Mihiripenna Beach. Keep things going the next day: stop by Lak Gems & Jewellery, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then kick back and relax at Hikkaduwa Beach.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Unawatuna sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Mirissa to Unawatuna in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In May, daytime highs in Unawatuna are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kalametiya.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Galle Fort, Hikkaduwa Beach
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Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Mihiripenna Beach ©
Mihiripenna Beach

1
night
Kalametiya

Kalametiya ©
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): kick back and relax at Kalametiya Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary, then make a trip to Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Kahandamodara Beach.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kalametiya travel website .

Drive from Unawatuna to Kalametiya in 2.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Kalametiya can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Kalametiya

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Kahandamodara Beach
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Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary ©
Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary
Kahandamodara Beach ©
Kahandamodara Beach
Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching ©
Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching

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 16th (Thu): learn more about the world around you at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, then take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, then make a trip to Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Ella holiday planning website .

Drive from Kalametiya to Ella in 3 hours. May in Ella sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ella

Nature Parks Museums
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ravana Ella Falls ©
Ravana Ella Falls
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge

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