8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Visakhapatnam
Fly:  6 h 45 min
1
Sigiriya
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 45 min
2
Hikkaduwa
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Mirissa
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h 15 min
4
Kandy
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  6 h 15 min
End: Visakhapatnam

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Sigiriya travel website .

Visakhapatnam, India to Sigiriya is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Dhilip De Alwis
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Dhilip De Alwis ©
Dhilip De Alwis
Pethikada ©
Pethikada

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.
On the 10th (Mon), explore the galleries of Tsunami Photo Museum, then examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Hikkaduwa Beach.

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Getting from Sigiriya to Hikkaduwa by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In February in Hikkaduwa, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Mirissa.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Tsunami Photo Museum
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Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa ©
Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa

3
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Mirissa Beach and Bentota Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Galle Fort and Unawatuna Devol Devalaya. Change things up with these side-trips from Mirissa: Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa (in Habaraduwa) and Unawatuna (Jungle Beach, Made In Ceylon, & more). There's more to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Mirissa trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Hikkaduwa to Mirissa in 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa, Bentota Beach, Galle Fort
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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 14th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Royal Botanical Gardens, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asgiriya Maha Viharaya, then look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

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You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Mirissa to Kandy in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

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