8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Colombo
— Few hours
Fly:  1​h
2
Kandy
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  1​h
3
Galle
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
4
Hikkaduwa
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
5
Ella
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Yala National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 45​min
7
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Mumbai

few
hours
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 7th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Colombo trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Mumbai, India to Colombo is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. Traveling from Mumbai in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Colombo, with lows around 28°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 ©

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): explore the activities along Kandy Lake, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then make a trip to Kandy view point, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kandy road trip site .

You can fly from Colombo to Kandy in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time 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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, and then steep yourself in history at Galle Fort.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Galle trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Galle takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Galle are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Unawatuna
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 9:
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): kick back and relax at Hikkaduwa Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa, then examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum, and finally view the masterpieces at Tsunami Photo Museum.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Hikkaduwa visit planning website .

You can drive from Galle to Hikkaduwa in an hour. In December in Hikkaduwa, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ella.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trip

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

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), admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, then don't miss a visit to Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, and then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Ella day trip planning website .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Hikkaduwa to Ella in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch 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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Yala National Park trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ella to Yala National Park. In December in Yala National Park, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°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

Nature Parks
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.
On the 13th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis, then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Sigiriya.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Sigiriya fast, fun, and easy.

You can fly from Yala National Park to Sigiriya in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to 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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