8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly + taxi:  8​h 30​min
1
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Kandy
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
3
Hikkaduwa
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
4
Ella
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  9​h
End: Mumbai

1
night
Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura ©
Explore the well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sri Lankan civilization and its former capital at Anuradhapura, a World Heritage Site and erstwhile center of Theravada Buddhism set amidst peaceful green parks.
For ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Anuradhapura itinerary planning tool .

Mumbai, India to Anuradhapura is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites
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Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Ritigala Forest Monastery ©
Ritigala Forest Monastery
Isurumuniya Temple ©
Isurumuniya Temple

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, then stop by Jayamali Batiks Studio, then steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asgiriya Maha Viharaya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll the grounds of Commonwealth War Cemetery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nelligala International Buddhist Center, browse for treasures at Sriya & Daya Curio Shop, then stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and finally explore the activities along Kandy Lake.

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Drive from Anuradhapura to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Nelligala International Buddhist Center, Royal Botanical Gardens
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Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ahungalla Beach and Community Tsunami Museum. Head to Tsunami Photo Museum and Cara Jewellersfor some retail therapy. Explore Hikkaduwa's surroundings by going to Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Mirissa), Unawatuna (Scuba & Snorkeling & Jungle Beach) and Bentota Beach (in Bentota). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Church.

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Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Hikkaduwa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Hikkaduwa are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Ella.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Galle, Ahungalla Beach, Bentota Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Dutch Reformed Church ©
Dutch Reformed Church

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 28th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, then stop by Ella Gem & Jewelry, and then get a new perspective on nature at R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Ella trip builder tool .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Hikkaduwa to Ella in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ella

Nature Parks Shopping
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Gem & Jewelry ©
Ella Gem & Jewelry

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