8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Launceston
+3
bus + taxi + Fly + taxi:  19​h 30​min
1
Hikkaduwa
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
2
Sigiriya
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Kandy
— 2 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + taxi + bus:  21​h
End: Launceston

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.
Family-friendly places like Hikkaduwa Beach and Mirissa Beach will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Galle Fort (in Galle), Bentota Beach (in Bentota) and Unawatuna (Jungle Beach, Japanese Peace Pagoda, & more).

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Hikkaduwa trip itinerary planning site .

Launceston, Australia to Hikkaduwa is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Launceston to Hikkaduwa is minus 4 hours. Traveling from Launceston in October, things will get much hotter in Hikkaduwa: highs are around 36°C and lows about 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Mirissa Beach, Galle Fort, Bentota Beach
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Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): make a trip to Ancient City of Sigiriya.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Sigiriya online day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Hikkaduwa to Sigiriya takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and finally contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. On the 7th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kandy vacation planner .

You can drive from Sigiriya to Kandy in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

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

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