8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  5​h
1
Negombo
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  2​h
2
Hikkaduwa
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Mirissa
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
4
Kandy
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Dubai

1
night
Negombo

Negombo ©
Located close to the international airport, Negombo has a reputation for being either the first or last taste of the country for visitors.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Negombo road trip app .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Negombo is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dubai to Negombo due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Dubai in May, plan for little chillier days in Negombo, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Negombo

Shopping Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
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Selyn ©
Selyn
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach

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.
Head to Tsunami Photo Museum and Saffron Robes Gallery and Studiofor plenty of shopping. Galle Fort and EXOTIC ROOTS are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Hikkaduwa side-trips: Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center (in Kosgoda), Ahungalla Beach (in Ahungalla) and Bentota Beach (in Bentota). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hikkaduwa Beach, look for gifts at Fort Art Jewels, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Hikkaduwa tour planner .

Drive from Negombo to Hikkaduwa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May in Hikkaduwa, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

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

1
night
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach, and then stop by LAZY.RIDE.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Mirissa online itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Hikkaduwa to Mirissa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May in Mirissa, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
LAZY.RIDE ©
LAZY.RIDE

2
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 9th (Thu): look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and finally pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Sriya & Daya Curio Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asgiriya Maha Viharaya and then look for all kinds of wild species at Udawattekele Sanctuary.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kandy trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Mirissa to Kandy takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery

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