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
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Trincomalee
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Hikkaduwa
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  1​h 30​min
5
Kandy
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Istanbul

1
night
Habarana

Habarana ©
Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Habarana online travel route planner .

Istanbul, Turkey to Habarana is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to India Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Habarana

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Golden Temple of Dambulla
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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 30th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Koneswaram Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, then enjoy the sand and surf at Nilaveli Beach, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Trincomalee online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Habarana to Trincomalee takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Beaches Parks

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): contemplate the long history of Ritigala Forest Monastery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Isurumuniya Temple, then admire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi.

To see photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Anuradhapura route builder app .

You can drive from Trincomalee to Anuradhapura in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites
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Ritigala Forest Monastery ©
Ritigala Forest Monastery
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Isurumuniya Temple ©
Isurumuniya Temple

1
night
Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa ©
One of the most scenic beach resorts in Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa features a number of long white sand beaches with palm trees and gentle waves.
On the 1st (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Farm, view the masterpieces at Genuine Batik, then take in the exciting artwork at Tsunami Photo Museum, then examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum, and finally examine the collection at Sri Vijayarama Viharaya.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Hikkaduwa online attractions planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Anuradhapura to Hikkaduwa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Hikkaduwa can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Sea Turtle Farm, Tsunami Photo Museum, Sri Vijayarama Viharaya
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Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Sea Turtle Farm ©
Sea Turtle Farm
Community Tsunami Museum ©
Community Tsunami Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, then stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally see the interesting displays at World Buddhist Museum.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kandy trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Hikkaduwa to Kandy takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. On the 3rd (Sat), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

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

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