8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: London
+2
Fly + taxi + train:  17​h
1
Hikkaduwa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Mirissa
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
3
Kandy
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: London

2
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.
Relax by the water at Jungle Beach and Unawatuna Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Bentota Beach and Hikkaduwa Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Hikkaduwa: Lak Gems & Jewellery (in Unawatuna) and Sea Turtle Protection Association (in Bentota). It doesn't end there: take in the exciting artwork at Tsunami Photo Museum and explore the galleries of Saffron Robes Gallery and Studio.

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Hikkaduwa trip itinerary builder website .

London, UK to Hikkaduwa is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from London to Hikkaduwa. Traveling from London in July, expect nights in Hikkaduwa to be much hotter, around 31°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 37°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Mirissa.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

1
night
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
On the 21st (Sun), get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirissa Beach.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Mirissa journey builder .

You can drive from Hikkaduwa to Mirissa in 1.5 hours. July in Mirissa sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Royal Botanical Gardens and then look for all kinds of wild species at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. On the next day, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Sriya & Daya Curio Shop, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asgiriya Maha Viharaya, then stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, and finally contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kandy journey builder website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Mirissa to Kandy takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

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