8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Colombo
train:  2​h 15​min
1
Dambulla
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Pinnawala
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Mirissa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Hikkaduwa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
End: Colombo

2
nights
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Golden Cave Temple and then Head underground at The Golden Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock and then make a trip to Sigiriya World Heritage Site.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Dambulla trip itinerary planner .

Colombo to Dambulla is an approximately 2.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to drive to Pinnawala.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Sigiriya
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

2
nights
Pinnawala

Pinnawala ©
The main attraction in Pinnawala is undoubtedly its elephant orphanage.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Millennium Elephant Foundation and then identify plant and animal life at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Elephant Freedom Project.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Pinnawala trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Dambulla to Pinnawala takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in February, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Pinnawala

Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Kegalle
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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project
Millennium Elephant Foundation ©
Millennium Elephant Foundation

2
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
On the 15th (Thu), kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach. Keep things going the next day: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Mirissa trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Pinnawala to Mirissa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can drive to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Mirissa

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

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Unawatuna Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Hikkaduwa Beach and then stroll through Bentota Beach.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Hikkaduwa holiday builder .

Traveling by car from Mirissa to Hikkaduwa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Bentota Beach, Jungle Beach
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Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach

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