8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Colombo
Fly:  1​h
1
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
2
Matale
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Dambulla
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h
4
Negombo
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Rekawa
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
End: Colombo


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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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and then explore the activities along Kandy Lake. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asgiriya Maha Viharaya, then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, and finally pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kandy travel route planner .

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 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Matale.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

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
Matale

Matale ©
A regional city in the middle of the island, Matale has become known as a center of agriculture.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Knuckles Mountain Range, take in nature's colorful creations at Euphoria Spice and Herbal, then examine the collection at Aakarsha Gem House, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Highland Spice Garden.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Matale trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Kandy to Matale in an hour. Another option is to take a train. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Matale

Parks Nature Museums
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Knuckles Mountain Range ©
Knuckles Mountain Range
Euphoria Spice and Herbal ©
Euphoria Spice and Herbal
Highland Spice Garden ©
Highland Spice Garden

2
nights
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
On the 22nd (Tue), don't miss a visit to Sigiriya, make a trip to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Golden Temple of Dambulla. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Dhilip De Alwis, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park, and then view the masterpieces at Pethikada.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Dambulla trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Matale to Dambulla by car takes about 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Negombo.

Things to do in Dambulla

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Dhilip De Alwis, Minneriya National Park
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

2
nights
Negombo

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 24th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Negombo Beach, then look for gifts at Kalpana's Batik & Souvenirs, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, and finally walk around Galle Face Green. On your second day here, make a trip to Angurukaramulla Temple and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Negombo road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Dambulla to Negombo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Rekawa.

Things to do in Negombo

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Colombo
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

1
night
Rekawa

Rekawa ©
A small town with a laidback vibe squeezed between the ocean and the shores of a rich lagoon surrounded by mangroves, Rekawa draws visitors throughout the year with a pioneering turtle conservation project, the most notable tourist attraction in Rekawa.
On the 26th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Kalametiya Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary, then enjoy the sea views from Tangalle Lighthouse, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Indika Art Gallery.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Rekawa travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Negombo to Rekawa takes 4 hours. In October, daytime highs in Rekawa are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rekawa

Parks Beaches Wildlife

Side Trips

Tangalle, Kalametiya
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Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary ©
Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary
Indika Art Gallery ©
Indika Art Gallery

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