8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Kandy
— 1 night
2
Unawatuna
— 1 night
3
Trincomalee
— 1 night
4
Polonnaruwa
— 2 nights
5
Anuradhapura
— 1 day

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): explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy War Cemetery, appreciate the history behind Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kandy trip planner.

Manchester, UK to Kandy is an approximately 18-hour flight. Traveling from Manchester to Kandy, you'll lose 5.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Kandy

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

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night
Unawatuna

Palm-fringed beaches with golden sand, turquoise water, and a colorful coral reef are enough to draw any beachgoer to Unawatuna, but there's plenty to do off the beach here as well.
On the 28th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Unawatuna trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Kandy to Unawatuna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. May in Unawatuna sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Spas Outdoors Parks
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Spas & Wellness
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

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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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Nilaveli Beach.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Trincomalee trip planner.

Drive from Unawatuna to Trincomalee in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Nilaveli Beach
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Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach

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nights
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Polonnaruwa Vatadage, contemplate the long history of Nishshanka Latha Mandapaya, and then stroll through Hurulu Eco Park. On the next day, get to know the fascinating history of Polonnaruwa, thenmake a trip to Gal Vihara, and then admire the landmark architecture of Kumara Pokuna.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Polonnaruwa online route planner.

Getting from Trincomalee to Polonnaruwa by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to go by car 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

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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.
On the 1st (Fri), make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, thendon't miss a visit to Isurumuniya Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Anuradhapura trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Polonnaruwa to Anuradhapura takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

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

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