8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Colombo
Drive:  5​h
1
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Nuwara Eliya
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Mirissa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
4
Unawatuna
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Bentota
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
End: Colombo

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kandy travel route planning tool .

Colombo to Kandy is an approximately 1-hour flight. You can also do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

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
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

1
night
Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya ©
Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Mohini falls and then explore the striking landscape of Horton Plains National Park. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kande-ela Reservoir, and then relax in the rural setting at Ambewela Farms.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Nuwara Eliya visit planner.

You can drive from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Ambewela Farms ©
Ambewela Farms
Kande-ela Reservoir ©
Kande-ela Reservoir

1
night
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Mirissa using our trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Nuwara Eliya to Mirissa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Mirissa can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Mirissa

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Spas

1
night
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Japanese Peace Pagoda.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Unawatuna holiday planner.

Unawatuna is very close to Mirissa. In November, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Bentota.
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Japanese Peace Pagoda ©
Japanese Peace Pagoda

2
nights
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Bring the kids along to Bentota Beach and Kalutara Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Bentota: Sinharaja Forest Reserve (in Galle) and Community Tsunami Museum (in Hikkaduwa). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Protection Association.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Bentota trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Unawatuna to Bentota in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Bentota can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. On the 15th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train back home.

Things to do in Bentota

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project, Community Tsunami Museum, Kalutara Beach, Sinharaja Forest Reserve
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Kalutara Beach ©
Kalutara Beach
Sinharaja Forest Reserve ©
Sinharaja Forest Reserve

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