8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Colombo
1
Colombo
— 1 night
Fly:  1 h
2
Kandy
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  1 h
3
Galle
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 45 min
4
Sigiriya
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
5
Ella
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 45 min
End: Colombo

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.
On the 16th (Thu), take an in-depth tour of The Bandaranaike Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, and finally stop by Salie's Fine Jewelry & Gem Stones. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Ganeshism Studio Gallery, get engrossed in the history at Sri Lanka Air Force Museum, then have some family-friendly fun at Soapy Island, and finally admire the masterpieces at Ranjiths Carving and Batik Museum.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Colombo trip itinerary website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Colombo. In January, daytime highs in Colombo are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sri Lanka Air Force Museum, Ranjiths Carving and Batik Museum
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Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum
Ganeshism Studio Gallery ©
Ganeshism Studio Gallery
Sri Lanka Air Force Museum ©
Sri Lanka Air Force 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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, then explore the activities along Kandy Lake, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally see the interesting displays at World Buddhist Museum.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kandy road trip app .

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 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
World Buddhist Museum ©
World Buddhist Museum
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

3
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Head to Tsunami Photo Museum and Saffron Robesfor some retail therapy. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Jungle Beach and Hikkaduwa Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Galle: Bentota Beach (in Bentota) and Mirissa Beach (in Mirissa). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, stop by Lak Gems & Jewellery, and stroll through Mihiripenna Beach.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Galle holiday website .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Galle takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. January in Galle sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Galle

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Bentota Beach, Mirissa Beach, Tsunami Photo Museum
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Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, then view the masterpieces at Pethikada, and finally make a trip to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Sigiriya visit planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Galle to Sigiriya takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pethikada ©
Pethikada
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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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.
On the 23rd (Thu), learn the tricks of the trade with Honey Bee Garden, take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, then snap pictures at Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, and finally admire the masterpieces at R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Ella trip itinerary planning site .

Drive from Sigiriya to Ella in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge
Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden

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