8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Istanbul
Fly + Drive:  17​h 30​min
1
Habarana
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Trincomalee
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Kandy
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Istanbul

2
nights
Habarana

Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Golden Temple of Dambulla and Hetadage. Explore hidden gems such as Safaris and Polonnaruwa Vatadage. Change things up with a short trip to Gal Vihara in Polonnaruwa (about 54 minutes away). Spend the 29th (Mon) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Habarana trip itinerary builder app .

Istanbul, Turkey to Habarana is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to India Standard Time (IST) is 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Habarana

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa, Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Safaris
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, then kick back and relax at Nilaveli Beach, and finally discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Trincomalee trip planner .

Drive from Habarana to Trincomalee in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Nilaveli Beach
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Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple ©
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple

1
night
Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura ©
Explore the well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sri Lankan civilization and its former capital at Anuradhapura, a World Heritage Site and erstwhile center of Theravada Buddhism set amidst peaceful green parks.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Samadhi Statue, make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, then admire the landmark architecture of Ruwanwelisaya, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, and finally don't miss a visit to Isurumuniya Temple.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Anuradhapura travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Trincomalee to Anuradhapura takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites
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Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Isurumuniya Temple ©
Isurumuniya Temple
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba

2
nights
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 2nd (Fri): stroll through Royal Botanical Gardens, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and finally steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Kandy trip planner .

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©

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