8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Melbourne
Fly + Taxi:  12 h 15 min
1
Galle
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Tissamaharama
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  1 h
3
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
4
Trincomalee
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
5
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  13 h 45 min
End: Melbourne

2
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the exhibits of Tsunami Photo Museum, see the interesting displays at Community Tsunami Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara, then stop by Cara Jewellers, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Pilgrims Lounge Chrishtopher Handicraft and Paint Gallery.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Galle vacation planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Galle is an approximately 12.5- hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4.5 hours traveling from Melbourne to Galle. Traveling from Melbourne in March, expect nights in Galle to be much warmer, around 29°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 38°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can drive to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Galle

Museums Wildlife Shopping

Side Trips

Tsunami Photo Museum, Community Tsunami Museum, Swim with Dolphins
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Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Swim with Dolphins
Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex ©
Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex

1
night
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 5th (Thu): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Tissamaharama attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Galle to Tissamaharama takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Safaris

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and then stop by Jayamali Batiks Studio.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Kandy trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Tissamaharama to Kandy in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
World Buddhist Museum ©
World Buddhist Museum
Jayamali Batiks Studio ©
Jayamali Batiks Studio

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Koneswaram Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mamangam Temple, and then kick back and relax at Nilaveli Beach.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Trincomalee trip planning tool.

You can drive from Kandy to Trincomalee in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Beaches 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.
On the 8th (Sun), make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ruwanwelisaya, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Anuradhapura trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Trincomalee to Anuradhapura in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can 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
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya

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