8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Colombo
— Few hours
2
Kandy
— 1 night
3
Galle
— 1 night
4
Hikkaduwa
— 1 night
5
Ella
— 1 night
6
Yala National Park
— 1 night
7
Sigiriya
— 2 nights

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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 7th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple.

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Mumbai, India to Colombo is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. Traveling from Mumbai in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Colombo, with lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple

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 8th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, thendon't miss a visit to Kandy view point, and finally don't miss a visit to Royal Botanical Gardens.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kandy route builder app.

Traveling by combination of taxi and train from Colombo to Kandy takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

1
night
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Jungle Beach, and then steep yourself in history at Galle Fort.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Galle travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Kandy to Galle in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. December in Galle sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Unawatuna
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Highlights from your plan
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
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 10th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Hikkaduwa Beach, stroll through Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa, thensee the interesting displays at Community Tsunami Museum, and finally explore the galleries of Tsunami Photo Museum.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Hikkaduwa travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Galle to Hikkaduwa in an hour. Expect a daytime high around °C in December, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Tsunami Photo Museum
Highlights from your plan
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Community Tsunami Museum ©
Community Tsunami Museum
Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa ©
Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa

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.
On the 11th (Wed), take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, thenmake a trip to Nine Arches Bridge, and then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Ella day trip tool.

Getting from Hikkaduwa to Ella by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge
Ravana Ella Falls ©
Ravana Ella Falls

1
night
Yala National Park

Yala National Park ©
One of the most popular national parks in the country, Yala National Park boasts a wide variety of animals, and does important work in conserving and growing populations.
On the 12th (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Yala National Park online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Ella to Yala National Park in 2 hours. In December in Yala National Park, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Parks Nature
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis, thenexplore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada. On your second day here, delve into the distant past at Sigiriya.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Sigiriya road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Yala National Park to Sigiriya takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Dhilip De Alwis, Golden Temple of Dambulla
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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