8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  7 h 15 min
1
Colombo
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Hikkaduwa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Mirissa
— 1 night
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  2 h 45 min
4
Ella
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Dambulla
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  6 h 15 min
End: New Delhi

1
night
Colombo

Colombo ©
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 15th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of The Bandaranaike Museum.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Colombo road trip planning app .

New Delhi, India to Colombo is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly. Traveling from New Delhi in April, you will find days in Colombo are slightly colder (39°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (30°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Colombo

Museums Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Negombo Beach
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Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at EXOTIC ROOTS, steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, then view the masterpieces at Saffron Robes Gallery and Studio, then examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Tsunami Photo Museum. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Hikkaduwa Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bentota Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kowilawatta Temple, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach.

Make your Hikkaduwa itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by train from Colombo to Hikkaduwa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Galle, Bentota Beach, Tsunami Photo Museum, Kowilawatta Temple, Jungle Beach
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Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort

1
night
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): stop by Dress Palace, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirissa Beach.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Mirissa journey planner.

Traveling by car from Hikkaduwa to Mirissa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Ella.

Things to do in Mirissa

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

1
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): get a new perspective on nature at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, then take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, then snap pictures at Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Ella trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Mirissa to Ella in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Ella

Nature Parks Shopping
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge

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.
On the 21st (Sun), steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Sriya & Daya Curio Shop, and finally make a trip to Royal Botanical Gardens.

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

You can drive from Ella to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

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

1
night
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): don't miss a visit to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, stroll through Golden Temple of Dambulla, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Dambulla trip planner .

You can drive from Kandy to Dambulla in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dambulla

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Safaris
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Safaris
Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs ©
Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs

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