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 day
Fly:  1​h
2
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Matale
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Sigiriya
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
Nuwara Eliya
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
7
Ella
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Kalametiya
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
End: Colombo


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1
day
Colombo

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Colombo route planner.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Colombo. In October, daytime highs in Colombo are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
River Rafting & Tubing

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 13th (Sun): stroll the grounds of Kandy War Cemetery, then contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery.

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kandy online trip builder .

Traveling by flight from Colombo to Kandy takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Matale.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery

1
night
Matale

Matale ©
A regional city in the middle of the island, Matale has become known as a center of agriculture.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nalanda Gedige, then stroll through Euphoria Spice and Herbal, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aluvihara Rock Cave Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Sri Muthumariamman Temple.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Matale trip website .

Getting from Kandy to Matale by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. October in Matale sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Matale

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Nalanda Gedige ©
Nalanda Gedige
Aluvihara Rock Cave Temple ©
Aluvihara Rock Cave Temple
Sri Muthumariamman Temple ©
Sri Muthumariamman Temple

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ruwanwelisaya, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Anuradhapura online holiday builder .

Drive from Matale to Anuradhapura in 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba

1
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 16th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, examine the collection at Sigiriya Museum, and then admire the natural beauty at Luck Uyana Herbal Medecines Garden.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Sigiriya holiday planning website .

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Sigiriya in 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can go by car to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Sigiriya Museum ©
Sigiriya Museum

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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 17th (Thu), admire the sheer force of Devon Falls, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Swarnagiri Maha Viharaya, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sita Temple.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Nuwara Eliya trip planner.

You can drive from Sigiriya to Nuwara Eliya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Sita Temple ©
Sita Temple
Swarnagiri Maha Viharaya ©
Swarnagiri Maha Viharaya
Devon Falls ©
Devon Falls

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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 18th (Fri), take in nature's colorful creations at Ella Spice Garden, then get a new perspective on nature at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, then take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Ella trip website .

You can drive from Nuwara Eliya to Ella in 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kalametiya.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden
Ella Spice Garden ©
Ella Spice Garden

1
night
Kalametiya

Kalametiya ©
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary, then don't miss a visit to Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching, and then stroll through Kalametiya Beach.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Kalametiya visit planning tool .

You can drive from Ella to Kalametiya in 3 hours. In October, daytime highs in Kalametiya are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kalametiya

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary ©
Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary
Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching ©
Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching

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