8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Pune
Fly + Taxi:  5 h 30 min
1
Hikkaduwa
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 45 min
2
Habarana
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Trincomalee
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
4
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  3 h
5
Tissamaharama
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  7 h 30 min
End: Pune

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Hatchery and then see the interesting displays at Community Tsunami Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Hikkaduwa trip planner.

Pune, India to Hikkaduwa is an approximately 5.5- hour combination of flight and taxi. In April, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Habarana.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Ahungalla, Sea Turtle Hatchery, Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara, Tsunami Photo Museum
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Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Community Tsunami Museum ©
Community Tsunami Museum

1
night
Habarana

Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
On the 7th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dambulla Cave Temple.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Habarana trip website.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Hikkaduwa to Habarana takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Habarana

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Safaris
Dambulla Cave Temple ©
Dambulla Cave Temple

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.
On the 8th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mamangam Temple, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Nilaveli Beach.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Trincomalee trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Habarana to Trincomalee takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Nilaveli Beach
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Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple

2
nights
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 9th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, then admire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Ritigala Forest Monastery and then make a trip to Isurumuniya Temple.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Anuradhapura tour builder tool.

You can drive from Trincomalee to Anuradhapura in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Tissamaharama.

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
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba

2
nights
Tissamaharama

Tissamaharama ©
Tourism in Tissamaharama revolves around the town's vast historic and cultural heritage, with the surroundings of scenic paddy fields adding to the ambiance.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiri Vehera, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Bundala National Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Tissamaharama trip itinerary planning tool.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Anuradhapura to Tissamaharama in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Tissamaharama can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Kiri Vehera, Bundala National Park
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Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park
Kiri Vehera ©
Kiri Vehera
Safaris

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