8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru
Drive:  11​h
1
Jaffna
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Trincomalee
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Polonnaruwa
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Kandy
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  7​h
End: Bengaluru

1
night
Jaffna

Jaffna ©
A center of Tamil culture, the city of Jaffna remains in the process of rebuilding after suffering greatly during the civil war.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Jaffna Fort, then get engrossed in the history at Jaffna Archaeological Museum, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nallur Kovil.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Jaffna trip itinerary planner .

Bengaluru, India to Jaffna is an approximately 52.5-hour car ride. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow time for the train ride to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites Museums
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Nallur Kovil ©
Nallur Kovil
Jaffna Fort ©
Jaffna Fort
Jaffna Archaeological Museum ©
Jaffna Archaeological Museum

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 15th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dagoba of Thuparama, make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Isurumuniya Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Maha Boodhi Temple.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Anuradhapura trip builder app .

Take a train from Jaffna to Anuradhapura in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites
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Isurumuniya Temple ©
Isurumuniya Temple
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba
Dagoba of Thuparama ©
Dagoba of Thuparama

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 16th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Koneswaram Temple, stroll the grounds of Trincomalee War Cemetery, and then stroll through Nilaveli Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Marble Beach and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Trincomalee online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Anuradhapura to Trincomalee by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Nilaveli
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Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
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 18th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Polonnaruwa Archaeological Ruins, steep yourself in history at Lankathilaka Image House, and then explore the ancient world of Polonnaruwa Vatadage.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Polonnaruwa travel route planning app .

Getting from Trincomalee to Polonnaruwa by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites
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Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House
Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage

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.
On the 19th (Sat), make a trip to Kandy view point, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, take an in-depth tour of Raja Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, and finally stroll the grounds of Commonwealth War Cemetery. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Udawattekele Sanctuary, look for gifts at Jayamali Batiks Studio, and then look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Kandy online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Polonnaruwa to Kandy takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife Parks Shopping
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Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
Udawattekele Sanctuary ©
Udawattekele Sanctuary

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