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 + Taxi:  10​h 15​min
1
Ella
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Kandy
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  1​h 15​min
3
Mirissa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Hikkaduwa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Colombo
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Dubai

1
day
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 25th (Mon): learn more about the world around you at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak.

To see where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Ella day trip planning app .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Ella is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dubai to Ella due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive 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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then see the interesting displays at World Buddhist Museum, and finally explore the activities along Kandy Lake.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Kandy trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Ella to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

1
night
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
On the 27th (Wed), stop by LAZY.RIDE, then kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Mirissa itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Mirissa in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In March in Mirissa, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can drive to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Mirissa

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Jungle Beach, then view the masterpieces at EXOTIC ROOTS, then take in the exciting artwork at Saffron Robes Gallery and Studio, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Hikkaduwa Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Vijayarama Viharaya, kick back and relax at Bentota Beach, then examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum, and finally view the masterpieces at Tsunami Photo Museum.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Hikkaduwa tour itinerary site .

Drive from Mirissa to Hikkaduwa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in March, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Colombo.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Sri Vijayarama Viharaya, Jungle Beach, Tsunami Photo Museum, EXOTIC ROOTS, Bentota Beach
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Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach

2
nights
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.
On the 30th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Negombo Beach. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at The Galleries of Sapumal Foundation, then take an in-depth tour of The Bandaranaike Museum, and then examine the collection at Colombo National Museum.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Colombo online road trip planner .

Traveling by train from Hikkaduwa to Colombo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, daily temperatures in Colombo can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Museums Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Negombo Beach
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Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach

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