8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly + taxi:  10​h 15​min
1
Anuradhapura
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
2
Polonnaruwa
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Trincomalee
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Kalkudah
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 15​min
5
Rekawa
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Dubai

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 30th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Isurumuniya Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Maha Boodhi Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba, and finally don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Anuradhapura journey planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Anuradhapura is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dubai to Anuradhapura. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites
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Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Isurumuniya Temple ©
Isurumuniya Temple

1
night
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
On the 1st (Sat), get to know the fascinating history of Polonnaruwa, make a trip to Atadage, delve into the distant past at Polonnaruwa Vatadage, then pause for some photo ops at Gal Vihara, then explore the ancient world of Polonnaruwa Archaeological Ruins, and finally contemplate the long history of Lankathilaka Image House.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Polonnaruwa trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Polonnaruwa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites
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Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House
Hetadage ©
Hetadage
Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa

2
nights
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 2nd (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple, make a trip to Fort Frederick, then enjoy the sand and surf at Nilaveli Beach, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Trincomalee War Cemetery. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Trincomalee Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Marble Beach.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Trincomalee trip website .

Traveling by car from Polonnaruwa to Trincomalee takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Kalkudah.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Nilaveli Beach
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Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Trincomalee Beach ©
Trincomalee Beach
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery

1
night
Kalkudah

Kalkudah ©
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): make a trip to Coconut Cultural Park and then kick back and relax at Passikudah Beach.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Kalkudah travel planner .

You can drive from Trincomalee to Kalkudah in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Rekawa.

Things to do in Kalkudah

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Passikudah Beach ©
Passikudah Beach
Coconut Cultural Park ©
Coconut Cultural Park

1
night
Rekawa

Rekawa ©
A small town with a laidback vibe squeezed between the ocean and the shores of a rich lagoon surrounded by mangroves, Rekawa draws visitors throughout the year with a pioneering turtle conservation project, the most notable tourist attraction in Rekawa.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): kick back and relax at Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa), enjoy the sand and surf at Amanwella Silent Beach, and then kick back and relax at Medilla Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kahandamodara Beach and then explore the ancient world of Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Rekawa attractions planner .

You can drive from Kalkudah to Rekawa in 6.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Rekawa are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rekawa

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Tangalle, Kahandamodara Beach
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Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) ©
Medilla Beach ©
Medilla Beach
Kahandamodara Beach ©
Kahandamodara Beach

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