8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Colombo
— 1 day
2
Negombo
— 1 night
3
Kalpitiya
— 1 night
4
Mannar
— 1 night
5
Trincomalee
— 2 nights
6
Sigiriya
— 1 night
7
Kandy
— 1 night

1
day
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 1st (Sat): see the interesting displays at Colombo National Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, thenlook for gifts at Lakarcade, and finally walk around Galle Face Green.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Colombo road trip app.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Colombo. Expect a daytime high around °C in August, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Negombo.

Things to do in Colombo

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

1
night
Negombo

Located close to the international airport, Negombo has a reputation for being either the first or last taste of the country for visitors.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, thentour the old-fashioned way with a train tour, and then squeeze the most out of the city with City Tours.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Negombo trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Colombo to Negombo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Negombo can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Kalpitiya.

Things to do in Negombo

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Photography Tours
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Rail Tours

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night
Kalpitiya

Kalpitiya
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kudawa Beach and then head outdoors with Water Sports in Kalpitiya.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kalpitiya trip planner.

Traveling by car from Negombo to Kalpitiya takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Mannar.

Things to do in Kalpitiya

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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night
Mannar

Mannar ©
Mannar, formerly spelled Manar, is a large town and the main town of Mannar District, Northern Province, Sri Lanka. On the 4th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Mannar Bird Sanctuary, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thiruketheeswaram Kovil, thenmake a trip to Mannar Fort, and finally make a trip to Baobab Tree.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Mannar day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Kalpitiya to Mannar takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Mannar

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Thiruketheeswaram Kovil ©
Thiruketheeswaram Kovil
Mannar Fort ©
Mannar Fort
Baobab Tree ©
Baobab Tree

2
nights
Trincomalee

Trincomalee ©
A center of Tamil culture and language, Trincomalee suffered greatly during the 30-year civil war, but the troubles haven't dimmed the natural and cultural charms of the place.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Fort Frederick, kick back and relax at Nilaveli Beach, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Kanniya Hot Springs.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Trincomalee online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Mannar to Trincomalee takes 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Nilaveli
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Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple
Scuba & Snorkeling

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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.
On the 7th (Fri), make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, thenview the masterpieces at Pethikada, and finally stop by Lanka Silks.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Sigiriya road trip planner.

Drive from Trincomalee to Sigiriya in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock
Pethikada ©
Pethikada

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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 (Sat): stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, don't miss a visit to Degaldoruwa Temple, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and finally admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Kandy online journey planner.

Getting from Sigiriya to Kandy by car takes about 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

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

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