8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Colombo
Fly:  1​h
1
Kandy
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Trincomalee
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Habarana
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Hikkaduwa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
End: Colombo

1
day
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 12th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, then explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and then contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kandy trip maker site .

Colombo to Kandy is an approximately 1-hour flight. You can also do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

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 13th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, then admire the landmark architecture of Ruwanwelisaya, then don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, and finally contemplate the long history of Ritigala Forest Monastery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Wilpattu National Park and then don't miss a visit to Isurumuniya Temple.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Anuradhapura trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Kandy to Anuradhapura by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Wilpattu National Park ©
Wilpattu 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.
On the 15th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Koneswaram Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, then kick back and relax at Nilaveli Beach, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Trincomalee online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Anuradhapura to Trincomalee by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Habarana.

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

2
nights
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 16th (Sun): explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, then look for all kinds of wild species at Dhilip De Alwis, then explore the ancient world of Polonnaruwa Vatadage, and finally pause for some photo ops at Gal Vihara. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Mon): make a trip to Dambulla Cave Temple and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Habarana tour itinerary app .

Getting from Trincomalee to Habarana by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Habarana

Wildlife Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa, Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Safaris
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage

2
nights
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 18th (Tue): examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Ahungalla Beach, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle Farm, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Jungle Beach.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Hikkaduwa trip tool .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Habarana to Hikkaduwa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Sea Turtle Farm, Ahungalla Beach
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Sea Turtle Farm ©
Sea Turtle Farm

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