8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Karachi
+3
Bus + Foot + Fly + Taxi:  7 h 30 min
1
Sigiriya
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 15 min
2
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  2 h
3
Kandy
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  1 h 30 min
4
Hikkaduwa
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Mirissa
— 1 night
+3
Taxi + Fly + Foot + Bus:  7 h
End: Karachi

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 23rd (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then delve into the distant past at Sigiriya.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Sigiriya itinerary planner.

Karachi, Pakistan to Sigiriya is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Safaris
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Safaris

1
night
Udawalawe National Park

Udawalawe National Park
One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
On the 24th (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Udawalawe National Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Udawalawe National Park tour itinerary builder site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Sigiriya to Udawalawe National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In May in Udawalawe National Park, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

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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 25th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asgiriya Maha Viharaya, then look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kandy trip itinerary website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Udawalawe National Park to Kandy in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

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

3
nights
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.
Visit Hikkaduwa Beach and Jungle Beach for some beach relaxation. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Galle Fort and Saffron Robes. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hikkaduwa: Bentota Beach (in Bentota) and Unawatuna (Lak Gems & Jewellery, Spas & Wellness, & more). There's more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Tsunami Photo Museum and stroll through Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hikkaduwa road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Hikkaduwa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May in Hikkaduwa, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Galle Fort, Bentota Beach, Tsunami Photo Museum, Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center
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Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

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Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
On the 29th (Fri), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stop by Dress Palace, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirissa Beach.

To find out how to plan a trip to Mirissa, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Hikkaduwa to Mirissa takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in May, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Beaches Tours
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Dress Palace ©
Dress Palace

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