8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka journey maker

Make it your trip
Fly
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Kandy
— 2 nights
Fly
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Mirissa
— 1 night
Drive
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Hikkaduwa
— 3 nights
Drive
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Colombo
— 1 night
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Kandy

— 2 nights
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Nelligala International Buddhist Center as well as Kandy Lake Club - Cultural Dance Show. Get a sense of the local culture at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Kandy Lake. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items and Sriya & Daya Curio Shop. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kandy: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and See Lanka Travels (in Waikkal). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens and see the interesting displays at Ceylon Tea Museum.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Kandy trip planner.

Bengaluru, India to Kandy is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Mirissa

— 1 night
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then look for gifts at Dress Palace, and finally get some fabulous bargains at Tea House.

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Mirissa vacation builder site.

Fly from Kandy to Mirissa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors · Beaches · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Hikkaduwa

— 3 nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Jungle Beach and Mihiripenna Beach. Community Tsunami Museum and Tsunami Photo Museum will appeal to museum buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hikkaduwa: Made In Ceylon (in Unawatuna), Bentota Beach (in Bentota) and Galle Fort (in Galle). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Hikkaduwa Beach and explore the galleries of Saffron Robes.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Hikkaduwa trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Mirissa to Hikkaduwa in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Colombo.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Colombo

— 1 night
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 14th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, then take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum, then stop by Careem Jewellers, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Ganeshism Studio Gallery.

For other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Colombo tour app.

Drive from Hikkaduwa to Colombo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, daytime highs in Colombo are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sri Lanka travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Nature & Parks
India's Teardrop
Shaped like a teardrop and located just below the southern tip of India, lush Sri Lanka boasts some of the greatest biodiversity in the world. Unless you time your Sri Lanka holiday for monsoon season, you can expect bright blue skies and plenty of sunshine, perfect for exploring tropical forests, historic temples, colonial forts, and many other buildings dating back to Dutch rule. Popular things to do in Sri Lanka include swimming, sailing, and surfing, though a growing number of visitors come here just to eat their way around the country. Greatly influenced by nearby India, the national cuisine also features many elements of European cooking--a result of the Dutch and Portuguese colonial years. Of course, a trip to Sri Lanka would not be complete without a cup of its world-famous Ceylon tea.