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Sri Lanka Itinerary 8 Days (Best Trip)

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Tour Details

Sri Lanka Itinerary 8 Days

Have the best vacation ever! Explore the culture, history, wildlife, and nature. Take a walk in the City of Culture, Kandy, the City of Heritage and History, Polonnaruwa, and the bustling city of Colombo, which is the commercial hub of Sri Lanka. You’ll have a diverse and exciting experience all in one tour. Feel the cool breeze in Nuwara Eliya while sipping a warm cup of Ceylon tea. Go on a safari in Minneriya and see lots of elephants roaming freely. You might even get the rare chance to spot a large group of elephants all together. Relax with a cold beer as you watch the sun go down at Galle Face Green, ending the days of your 8-day Sri Lanka itinerary in a beautiful way.

TOUR STARTColombo / Negombo
TOUR ENDColombo / Negombo
Private air-conditioned vehicle
Private English-speaking driver for the entire journey
Accommodations* (bed & breakfast)
Guidance to locations
All government taxes
All travel expenses are covered, including highway tolls, fuel, and parking
Sightseeing entrance charges
Train tickets
Guide/driver tips


Day 1: Colombo – Dambulla 

  • Your Lanka Tour Experts representative will warmly welcome you at Bandaranaike International Airport or your hotel in Colombo.
  • Transfer to Dambulla.
  • Visit Dambulla Golden Temple and Cave Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its stunning Buddhist cave temples and murals. There are five main caves in the complex, each with its own unique collection of statues and paintings. These caves are ancient, dating back to more than 2,000 years ago!
  • Check in to your hotel in Dambulla.
  • Enjoy a sunset boat ride on Kandalama Lake, a beautiful reservoir surrounded by lush forests.
  • Overnight stay in Dambulla.


Day 2: Dambulla – Polonnaruwa – Sigiriya 

  • Transfer to Polonnaruwa.
  • Explore the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with well-preserved ruins of ancient temples, palaces, and other structures. Some of the highlights include Gal Vihara, a complex of four giant Buddha statues carved into a granite rock face; Vatadage, a circular relic house; and Lankathilaka, a towering temple with a unique architectural style.
  • Go on a wildlife safari in Minneriya National Park, known for its large elephant gatherings. Minneriya is also home to a variety of other wildlife, including leopards, sloth bears, and crocodiles.
  • Return to Sigiriya and spend the night.


Day 3: Sigiriya – Kandy 

  • Climb Sigiriya Rock Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with stunning views and its ancient paintings and terraced gardens. Sigiriya is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Sri Lanka, so it’s best to arrive early to avoid the crowds.
  • Join the Sigiriya Village Tour for an authentic Sri Lankan experience. Start with a relaxing oxen cart ride, followed by a serene catamaran journey. Witness traditional Sri Lankan cooking and enjoy a delicious, authentic lunch. This tour offers a true taste of local culture and tradition, ideal for your Sri Lankan adventure.
  • On the way to Kandy, visit Matale Hindu Kovil, a beautiful Hindu temple; Nalanda Gedige, the absolute center of Sri Lanka; and a spice garden. Spice gardens are a great way to learn about the different spices that Sri Lanka is famous for.
  • Visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most sacred Buddhist temples in the world. The Temple of the Tooth Relic is said to house a sacred tooth relic of the Buddha.
  • Check in to your hotel in Kandy.
  • In the evening, enjoy a cultural dance show in Kandy. Kandy is known for its traditional Kandyan dancing, which is a beautiful and graceful art form.


Day 4: Kandy – Nuwara Eliya 

  • Visit Peradeniya Botanical Garden, the Royal Garden of the last king of Sri Lanka. Peradeniya Botanical Garden is one of the largest and most beautiful botanical gardens in Asia. It is home to a wide variety of plants and flowers, including orchids, roses, and palms.
  • On the way to Nuwara Eliya, visit a tea factory and plantation to learn how to produce Sri Lankan tea for export and taste high-quality tea free of charge. Sri Lanka is one of the world’s leading tea producers, and its tea is known for its high quality.
  • Visit Ramboda Falls, a 109-meter waterfall known for its stunning scenery and refreshing waters.
  • Travel to the picturesque town of Nuwara Eliya, surrounded by lush tea plantations. Nuwara Eliya is known for its cool climate and colonial-era architecture.
  • Check in to your hotel in Nuwara Eliya.


Day 5: Nuwara Eliya – Ella

  • Explore Nuwara Eliya on a city tour, visiting iconic landmarks such as Gregory Lake and Park, Victoria Park, the city market, and the Royal Turf Club. Gregory Lake and Park is a popular spot for boating, picnicking, and relaxing. Victoria Park is a beautiful park with a variety of flowers and plants. The city market is a great place to shop for souvenirs and spices. The Royal Turf Club is a historic horse racing track.
  • Take the train from Nanuoya to Ella and enjoy the scenic views of the Sri Lankan countryside, including rolling hills, lush tea plantations, and cascading waterfalls. The train ride from Nanuoya to Ella is one of the most scenic in the world.
  • Check in to your hotel in Ella for an overnight stay.


Day 6: Ella – Yala

  • Hike to the top of Little Adam’s Peak and enjoy stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys from the peak.
  • Visit the Nine Arches Bridge, a railway bridge known for its unique design.
  • Explore Demodara Railway Station, known for its unique loop-over track design. Demodara Railway Station is a popular spot for taking photos and videos.
  • On the way to Yala, vist Ravana Falls. Ravana Falls is a beautiful waterfall that currently ranks as one of the widest falls in the country.
  • Discover the ancient rock carvings of Buduruwagala Temple on your way to Tissamaharama. Buduruwagala Temple is a complex of seven rock-cut statues.
  • Check in to your hotel near Yala National Park.


Day 7: Yala – Galle

  • Go on a wildlife safari in Yala National Park, one of the most popular national parks in Sri Lanka. Yala is known for its diverse wildlife, including leopards, elephants, crocodiles, and water buffalo.
  • On the way to Galle, make a stop to visit the Hummanaya Blow Hole, a natural phenomenon where seawater is forced through a hole in the rock and shoots up into the air.
  • Relax at one of the iconic spots on the south coast of Sri Lanka, such as Hiriketiya Beach or Mirissa Beach. These beaches are known for their white sand, clear waters, and lively atmosphere.
  • Visit Stilt Fisherman and Turtle Hatchery in Koggala. Stilt fishermen are a unique sight in Sri Lanka, and the turtle hatchery is a great place to learn about sea turtles and their conservation.
  • Explore Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Galle Fort is a well-preserved Portuguese and Dutch fort that is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Sri Lanka.
  • Overnight stay in Galle.


Day 8: Galle – Mirissa – Colombo

  • Take a whale and dolphin watching tour in Mirissa. Mirissa is one of the best places in Sri Lanka to see whales and dolphins.
  • Transfer to Colombo and explore the city, including Pettah Market, a bustling market where you can find everything from souvenirs to spices.
  • Drop off at your hotel in Colombo or at Colombo International Airport for your departure flight.
  • End of the “Sri Lanka itinerary 8 days (Best Trip)”. Time to say goodbye!

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FAQs about the Sri Lanka Itinerary 8 Days

What is the best time to visit Sri Lanka?

The best time to visit Sri Lanka is during the dry season, which runs from December to April. During this time, the weather is sunny and warm, with little rain. However, Sri Lanka is a beautiful country to visit year-round, and each season has its own unique charm.

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What are the must-see places in Sri Lanka?

Sri Lanka has a lot to offer visitors, including stunning scenery, ancient temples, and diverse wildlife. Some of the must-see places on the 8-day tour itinerary include: Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Dambulla Cave Temple, Polonnaruwa, Minneriya National Park, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Ella, Yala National Park, and Galle Fort.

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What activities are included in the “Sri Lanka itinerary 8 days”?

The 8-day tour itinerary includes a variety of activities, including: temple visits, wildlife safaris, cultural experiences, tea plantation visits, hiking, beach relaxation, and whale and dolphin watching.

What is the cost of the “Sri Lanka itinerary 8 days”?

The cost of the 8-day tour itinerary varies depending on the time of year you travel, the type of accommodation you choose, and the activities you want to include. You can email us for more details.

How do I book the “Sri Lanka itinerary 8 days”?

Book your 8-day Sri Lanka tour itinerary easily by sending us an inquiry, filling out the form on the right side of our website or under the tour itinerary section. We’re happy to help you with the booking process and answer any questions or special requests you may have. Contact us today, and let us help you plan your unforgettable Sri Lankan adventure!

Can dietary requirements be accommodated on this 8 days Sri Lanka tour?

Yes, we can accommodate various dietary requirements including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. Please inform us in advance so we can ensure your needs are met throughout the tour.

Is transportation between cities and attractions included?

Yes, all transportation between cities and to scheduled tour attractions is included in the “Sri Lanka itinerary 8 days”. Our guests travel in a private, air-conditioned vehicle with a private English-speaking driver for the entire journey, ensuring comfort and convenience throughout their trip in Sri Lanka.

What should I pack for the “Sri Lanka itinerary 8 days”?

We recommend packing light and comfortable clothing suitable for warm weather, as well as a few layers for cooler evenings in places like Nuwara Eliya. Don’t forget your sunscreen, hat, and sunglasses for protection against the sun. Comfortable walking shoes are a must for exploring the cities and historical sites. Additionally, bring any necessary medications, and a power adapter for charging your electronic devices.

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Are entrance fees to attractions included in the tour package?

Sightseeing entrance charges are not included in the tour package. This allows our guests the flexibility to choose which attractions they wish to visit. However, we are happy to guide you to locations and assist with purchasing tickets.

What is the policy for tips and gratuities on the “Sri Lanka itinerary 8 days”?

Tips and gratuities for your guide/driver are not included in the tour package and are at your discretion. While not mandatory, they are appreciated as a gesture of satisfaction with the services provided.

Can I customize the itinerary to include additional days or specific attractions?

Yes, we offer customizable itineraries to cater to your preferences. Whether you wish to extend your stay, include additional destinations, or focus on specific interests such as wildlife, culture, or relaxation, we’re here to create your ideal travel plan. Please contact us to discuss your desired itinerary adjustments.

What makes the Kandy to Ella train journey a highlight of the “Sri Lanka itinerary 8 days”?

The Kandy to Ella train ride is often considered one of the world’s most scenic train journeys, offering breathtaking views of Sri Lanka’s lush landscapes, rolling tea plantations, and misty mountains. This journey, included in our “Sri Lanka itinerary 8 days,” allows travelers to experience the beauty of Sri Lanka’s hill country in a unique and memorable way.

How can I book the Kandy to Ella train tickets as part of the “Sri Lanka itinerary 8 days”?

As part of the “Sri Lanka itinerary 8 days,” we assist our guests in booking their Kandy to Ella train tickets. Given the popularity of this scenic train journey, we recommend providing us with one passport number well in advance to secure your reservation and ensure ticket availability.

What class of ticket do you recommend for the Kandy to Ella train journey?

For the best experience on the Kandy to Ella train ride, we typically recommend booking First-Class or Second-Class reserved tickets, as they offer more comfortable seating and better views. Please let us know your preference when booking your “Sri Lanka itinerary 8 days,” and we can arrange the most suitable tickets for your journey.

How long does the train journey from Kandy to Ella take, and what are the highlights along the way?

For our “Sri Lanka itinerary 8 days,” the journey from Kandy to Ella takes a more scenic and manageable route, beginning from Nanuoya, near Kandy, to Ella. This specific segment, celebrated for its beauty, takes approximately 3 hours.

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