8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Colombo
1
Colombo
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Hikkaduwa
— 1 night
Drive:  10 h 15 min
3
Yala National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Nuwara Eliya
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h
7
Negombo
— 1 night
Drive:  45 min
End: Colombo

1
day
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 (Wed): stroll around Galle Face Green, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, get engrossed in the history at Colombo National Museum, thentake in the exciting artwork at Ganeshism Studio Gallery, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Borella All Saints Church.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Colombo trip maker site.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Colombo. July in Colombo sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 31°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Colombo

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

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.
Sadee tours has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): stop by Sadee tours.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Hikkaduwa road trip website.

You can drive from Colombo to Hikkaduwa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. July in Hikkaduwa sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 31°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Transportation Wildlife Tours

1
night
Yala National Park

Yala National Park ©
One of the most popular national parks in the country, Yala National Park boasts a wide variety of animals, and does important work in conserving and growing populations.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Yala National Park trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Hikkaduwa to Yala National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and taxi. In July, daytime highs in Yala National Park are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park

1
night
Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya ©
Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
On the 4th (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Horton Plains National Park, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Kande-ela Reservoir, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Nuwara Eliya online tour planner.

Getting from Yala National Park to Nuwara Eliya by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Nature Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Kande-ela Reservoir ©
Kande-ela Reservoir

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, thenscramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and finally explore the activities along Kandy Lake.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kandy online road trip planner.

You can drive from Nuwara Eliya to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Kandy

Transportation Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

2
nights
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 6th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, thenbrowse for treasures at sigiri art gallery, thenexplore the ancient world of Sigiriya, and finally view the masterpieces at Pethikada. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sath Paththini Devalaya, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Golden Temple of Dambulla, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dambulla Cave Temple.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Sigiriya journey planning site.

Drive from Kandy to Sigiriya in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Negombo.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Dambulla, Dambulla Cave Temple
Highlights from your plan
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

1
night
Negombo

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 8th (Wed): stop by DIANA Souvenirs, thenstroll through Negombo Beach, thentake a memorable excursion with Day Trips, and finally play a few rounds at Get Go Sri Lanka Airport Transfer Sri Lanka.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Negombo driving holiday planning website.

Traveling by flight from Sigiriya to Negombo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Negombo can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Negombo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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