8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly + taxi:  18​h 15​min
1
Kandy
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  2​h
2
Unawatuna
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Trincomalee
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Polonnaruwa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Anuradhapura
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Manchester

1
night
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 27th (Sun): stroll the grounds of Commonwealth War Cemetery, pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, then stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally explore the activities along Kandy Lake.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kandy online tour itinerary planner .

Manchester, UK to Kandy is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and train. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a 5 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

1
night
Unawatuna

On the 28th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Unawatuna Beach.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Unawatuna sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Unawatuna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Spas Parks Beaches
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Spas & Wellness
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

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.
For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Trincomalee trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Unawatuna to Trincomalee in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Nilaveli Beach
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Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach

2
nights
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): appreciate the history behind Polonnaruwa Vatadage, steep yourself in history at Nishshanka Latha Mandapaya, and then identify plant and animal life at Hurulu Eco Park. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Polonnaruwa, pause for some photo ops at Gal Vihara, then appreciate the history behind Polonnaruwa Archaeological Ruins, and finally admire the striking features of Kumara Pokuna.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Polonnaruwa sightseeing site .

Getting from Trincomalee to Polonnaruwa by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Hurulu Eco Park
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Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage
Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa
Nishshanka Latha Mandapaya ©
Nishshanka Latha Mandapaya

1
day
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 (Fri): don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, then don't miss a visit to Isurumuniya Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Maha Boodhi Temple.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Anuradhapura trip itinerary planning site .

Drive from Polonnaruwa to Anuradhapura in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites
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Isurumuniya Temple ©
Isurumuniya Temple
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba

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