8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Colombo
— 1 day
2
Negombo
— 1 night
3
Kalpitiya
— 1 night
4
Mannar
— 1 night
5
Trincomalee
— 2 nights
6
Sigiriya
— 1 night
7
Kandy
— 1 night

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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 1st (Sat): see the interesting displays at Colombo National Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, then look for gifts at Lakarcade, and finally walk around Galle Face Green.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Colombo road trip app.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Colombo. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Negombo.

Things to do in Colombo

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

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night
Negombo

Located close to the international airport, Negombo has a reputation for being either the first or last taste of the country for visitors.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then tour in style with a train tour.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Negombo vacation builder website.

Getting from Colombo to Negombo by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and flight. In August in Negombo, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Kalpitiya.

Things to do in Negombo

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Rail Tours

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night
Kalpitiya

Kalpitiya
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): head outdoors with Water Sports in Kalpitiya.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kalpitiya trip site.

Drive from Negombo to Kalpitiya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Mannar.

Things to do in Kalpitiya

Outdoors

1
night
Mannar

Mannar ©
Mannar, formerly spelled Manar, is a large town and the main town of Mannar District, Northern Province, Sri Lanka. On the 4th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Mannar Bird Sanctuary, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thiruketheeswaram Kovil, then make a trip to Mannar Fort, and finally make a trip to Baobab Tree.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Mannar day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Kalpitiya to Mannar takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Mannar

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Thiruketheeswaram Kovil ©
Thiruketheeswaram Kovil
Mannar Fort ©
Mannar Fort
Baobab Tree ©
Baobab Tree

2
nights
Trincomalee

Trincomalee ©
A center of Tamil culture and language, Trincomalee suffered greatly during the 30-year civil war, but the troubles haven't dimmed the natural and cultural charms of the place.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Fort Frederick, kick back and relax at Nilaveli Beach, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Kanniya Hot Springs.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Trincomalee online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Mannar to Trincomalee takes 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Nilaveli
Highlights from your plan
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple
Scuba & Snorkeling

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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.
On the 7th (Fri), make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, then view the masterpieces at Pethikada, and finally stop by Lanka Silks.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Sigiriya road trip planner.

Drive from Trincomalee to Sigiriya in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock
Pethikada ©
Pethikada

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, don't miss a visit to Degaldoruwa Temple, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and finally admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Kandy online journey planner.

Getting from Sigiriya to Kandy by car takes about 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

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