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8 Day Sri Lanka Itinerary (with budget hotels)

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8 day Sri Lanka itinerary

8 day Sri Lanka itinerary is the best way to experience the highlights of this stunning island in 8 days. Ancient cities, UNESCO world heritage sites, tea-growing hills, wildlife parks, and gorgeous beaches backed up by a selection of amazing hotels that emphasize quality and value.

Tour starts from – Colombo international airport.

Tour ends at – Colombo international airport.

Ages – 01 to 99

Group size – Min 1, Max 18

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Please book this tour at least 5 days prior to the tour start date.


Deposit : $200 for your group


8 Day Sri Lanka Itinerary

Arrival at the airport – Transfer to Negombo – City tour in Negombo – Climb Sigiriya rock -Polonnaruwa ancient city –  Dambulla cave temple – Matale spice garden – City tour in Kandy visit Temple of the tooth – Enjoy in Nuwara Eliya with the cool climate – Tea plantation & factory – Scenic train ride – Climb the Ella rock – Jeep safari at Yala national park – Mirissa whale watching & leisure – Visit around Galle lighthouse & fort – Hikkaduwa beach and Bentota turtle farm – According to the flight time transfer to the airport.

Tour starts from – Negombo, Sri Lanka.

Tour ends ar– Colombo, Negombo or airport.

Ages – 01 to 99

Group size – Min 1, Max 18

Please click the other tabs for the detailed tour itinerary, inclusions, exclusions, tour map, and tour reviews.

Please book this tour at least 5 days prior to the tour start date.

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Group size

Five travelers, Four travelers, Six travelers, Solo traveler, Three travelers, Two travelers


Five single rooms, Four single rooms, One double & one single room, One double room, One single room, One triple & one double room, One triple & one single room, One triple room, Three double rooms, Three single rooms, Two double & one single rooms, Two double rooms, Two single & one double rooms, Two single rooms, Two triple rooms

Detailed itinerary.

Day 01.  Arrival – Negombo.

On arrival at the Colombo airport, you will be met by our English-speaking chauffer guide. Thereafter transfer to Negombo. (Approx. 30 min) check-in your hotel and leisure by the beach.Overnight in Negombo

Included Activities – No activities included.

Accommodation – Hotel ……………. Negombo or similar.

Meals Included – Breakfast & dinner.

Day 02. Negombo – Habarana.

After breakfast proceeds to Sigiriya (approx. 5 h) & check-in. Visit the Sigiriya Rock, one of Sri Lanka’s most profitable landmarks in the afternoon. Sigiriya rock fortress is the most visited tourist attraction in Sri Lanka. It is sometimes known as the Sigiriya Lion Rock, after its original name “Sinha-Giri”. The name comes from its palace entrance through a massive brick sculpture of a lion head. Only the paws of this sculpture remain at the foot of the rock today. Sigiriya rock fortress is a fifth-century fortified palace complex, which was used by King Kassapa (477CE-493CE). The Sigiriya rock abruptly rises 600 feet high from the surrounding plains. The ruins of King Kassapa’s royal palace are scattered on the peak rock plateau. Some of them were constructed at the time of King Kassapa. The foothills and immediate surroundings of the Sigiriya rock were once an elaborate royal pleasure garden. The archaeological value of the site is immeasurable, perhaps unsurpassed in South Asia. Overnight in Habarana.

Included Activities – Sigiriya rock fortress UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Accommodation – Hotel ……………. Habarana or similar.

Meals Included – Breakfast & dinner.

Day 03. Habarana – Polonnaruwa – Mnneriya National Park – Habarana.

After breakfast, visit the ancient capital of Polonnaruwa. The well-preserved 12th-century ruins & impressive stone culture recall an inspired past. Although nearly 1000 years old, it is much younger than Anuradhapura and generally in better repair. The monuments are arranged in a reasonably compact garden setting and their development is easier to follow. At the end of the visit, you will return to the hotel to relax and spend the night in the same place.

You will be able to enjoy a thrilling safari in Minneriya National Park in the afternoon. This half-day Minneriya National Park safari will give you the opportunity to witness a large number of Sri Lankan elephants who are attracted to grass fields on the edges of the reservoir during the dry season. The Minneriya tank contributes to sustain a large herd. Elephants gathered here are numbering around 150-200. Some reports account for the number of elephants to as high as 700. They migrate here from Wasgamuwa National Park and benefit from the food and shelter of the park’s forest. Tourists visit Minneriya largely because of elephants, especially in the dry season. Overnight in Habarana.

Included Activities – Polonnaruwa UNESCO World Heritage Site & private jeep safari in Minneriya National Park.

Accommodation – Hotel ……………. Habarana or similar.

Meals Included – Breakfast & dinner.

Day 04. Habarana – Dambulla – Kandy.

After breakfast head to Dambulla caves. The Buddhist temple complex of Dambulla consists of five cave temples carved under a very large overhanging rock. The temples were carved out over several centuries, but the oldest dates back to the 1st-century B.C.E. The temples include numerous carved statues of Buddha, and his faithful disciple Ananda, as well as Hindu deities. Over hundred and fifty statues, including a life-sized granite one, are all contained inside the temple as is a small stupa surrounded by eleven seated Buddhas. The cave walls and ceiling are entirely painted with paintings depicting early Buddhist historical events and murals with traditional Buddhist designs.

After that proceed to Kandy the last capital of Sri Lankan rulers, a World Heritage Site. The name Kandy evokes quality and grand dreams. A lot of legends, traditions, and old stories are still full of energy. In 1806, the last Sinhala ruler, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe, drove around Lake Kandy. Visit human expression and artwork focus as well as pearl history centers and gems.

The crown jewel of the city is the famed Sri Dalada Maligawa, also known as the Temple of the Tooth. ‘Maligawa’ literally translates to palace, and the temple is part of the palace complex. The entire complex is over three centuries old at least and has seen many a king’s rise and fall. It has seen bloody wars and peaceful reigns and is one of the most historical places still standing on the island. The best time to visit is during the evening ceremony. Overnight in Kandy.

Included Activities – Dambulla caves UNESCO World Heritage Site & Temple of the Tooth  UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Accommodation – Hotel ……………. Citadel Kandy or similar.

Meals Included – Breakfast & dinner.

Day 05. Kandy – Nuwara Eliya – Ella.

Breakfast, then check out and head Nuwara Eliya “Little England” (about 02 hours 30 minutes) to visit the tea plantation and factory and waterfall. Nuwara Eliya is the highest mountain country town, 150 km from Colombo. Nuwara Eliya has a different climate than other places and it is the coolest region in Sri Lanka.

Take a short city tour in Nuwara Eliya, visit Gregory Park, Seetha Amman Temple, and breathtaking views.

After lunch travel to Ella by train the train journeys are real cultural experiences and the most scenic routes will be highlights of your visit, the end of your train ride driver will pick you up at the Ella railway station check in your hotel in Ella.

Included Activities –  Rambodafalls, tea factory visit, Nuwara Eliya city tour, and Scenic Train Ride.

Accommodation – Hotel ……………. Ella or similar.

Meals Included – Breakfast & dinner.

Day 06. Ella – Yala. 

Enjoy breakfast and tour in Ella. This laid-back town includes wonderful green tea. You can do a lot of things in this small city, such as visiting Nine Arches Bridge, climbing Ella Rock and Little Adam’s Peak. You can also see Ravana Falls. and many more. Afternoon proceeds to Yala for overnight stay.

Included Activities – Highlights of Ella and Ravana falls.

Accommodation – Hotel ……………. Wild Yala or similar.

Meals Included – Breakfast & dinner.

Day 07. Yala – Mirissa.

The morning jeep tour at Yala Wildlife Park consists of a 4×4 luxury jeep and an English-speaking driver. Yala National Park is located in the southeastern part of Sri Lanka, in the southern territory of Uva and the Hambantota area of Monaragala. More than two regions. region. In the safari, you will be able to see many animals such as wild elephants, leopards, other quadrupeds, and birds. After the trip to Mirissa in the afternoon, relax at the beach and spend the night.

Included Activities – Privet Jeep Safari in Yala National Park.

Accommodation – Hotel ……………. Mirissa or similar.

Meals Included – Breakfast & dinner.

Day 08. Mirissa – Colombo – Airport.

In the morning, take a city tour of the Galle UNESCO World Heritage Site, including a visit to Galle Fort Holland, the lighthouse, and other attractions. Walk around the fort and spend a few hours in Galle.

Proceed to Colombo and visit the highlights for 2-3 hours.

According to the flight time transfer to the airport.

Included Activities – Galle fort & Colombo city tour.

Accommodation – Not included.

Meals Included – Breakfast.

Inclusions & exclusions.


  1. 7 nights of accommodation at budget (B&B / guesthouses) hotels.
  2. listed in the itinerary or similar category.
  3. Transport by private vehicle (air-conditioned mini-van or sedan car).
  4. Privet 4×4 jeep safari.
  5. English-speaking chauffeur-guide.
  6. Bottled water (1 L per person per day).
  7. Airport / hotel (in Colombo or Negombo) pick-up & drop-off.
  8. All taxes, fees, and handling charges.
  9. Breakfast (07).
  10. Dinners (07).


  1. International flights International flights.
  2. Entrance fees at sites.
  3. Lunches, drinks & refreshments.
  4. Gratuities.

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  1. Tom S

    Amazing Country and an Amazing Tour Company
    This is a review that I really wanted to take the time to write. Me and my Wife had booked with Off 2 Sri Lanka for a 9 day tour around the country for our honeymoon!

    Throughout the organising and booking process Menaka was excellent to communicate with, he was quick to respond to the countless questions that we had, he was able to secure our first choice hotel bookings in the majority of places we wanted and he provided equal or better alternatives when this wasn’t possible. Prior to arriving he had created a fantastic looking 9 day tour itinerary for us and we were excited to arrive.

    Unfortunately, on arrival things went a bit wrong for us – Our flight was on time and direct, but somehow Sri Lankan Airlines managed to completely loose my wife’s suitcase on the way and so we spent the next 2 hours in Baggage Services in the airport. On Exiting the airport we met Elvis, our Driver, who had patiently been waiting for us and who greeted us with a huge smile and a lot of empathy. He happily took us to some shops where my wife could buy some clothes and essentials to keep her going. It would eventually be 6 days later that we received the luggage back, and this was mainly thanks to Menaka who was constantly chasing the airline for us and providing us updates.

    Day 2 was unfortunately Easter Sunday and the horrendous bombings occurred across the country. Elvis our driver was absolutely fantastic throughout the rest of our trip, he was constantly keeping us informed of the situation, re-assuring us and making us feel safe. He was flexible, understanding and more than happy to amend our itinerary according to our thoughts – which we decided to spend more time outside of the big cities. Sri Lanka is a beautiful country, everyone we met was incredibly friendly and the food was amazing. Highlights of the trip included the elephant Safaris in Udawalawe and Minneriya, Ella and the scenic train journey through the Tea Hills and Sigiriya rock.

    Elvis was a brilliant driver, he was always on time for any activities. The car was always clean and comfortable, he was informative when we went to places and he was always able to answer our many questions, and he spoke very good English.

    I couldn’t recommend Sri Lanka enough as a place that everyone should visit, it’s an amazing country and if you do visit then Off 2 Sri Lanka tours are a fantastic company to do it with and Elvis is a brilliant guide to have.

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