8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Pune
Fly:  4 h
1
Colombo
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 30 min
2
Bentota
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
3
Hikkaduwa
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  1 h 30 min
4
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Nuwara Eliya
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
6
Trincomalee
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
7
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  7 h
End: Pune

1
night
Colombo

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): view the masterpieces at National Art Gallery and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat): see the interesting displays at Colombo National Museum and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Colombo route planner.

Pune, India to Colombo is an approximately 4-hour flight. In May, daytime highs in Colombo are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Bentota.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple ©
Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple
Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum

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night
Bentota

The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
On the 3rd (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center, stroll through Sea Turtle Protection Association, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Bentota trip itinerary maker site.

Take a train from Colombo to Bentota in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May in Bentota, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Bentota

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center
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night
Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa ©
One of the most scenic beach resorts in Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa features a number of long white sand beaches with palm trees and gentle waves.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): explore the galleries of Tsunami Photo Museum, see the interesting displays at Community Tsunami Museum, and then kick back and relax at Narigama Beach.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Hikkaduwa trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Bentota to Hikkaduwa in an hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Museums Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Tsunami Photo Museum
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Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Narigama Beach ©
Narigama Beach
Community Tsunami Museum ©
Community Tsunami Museum

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 5th (Tue): explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy War Cemetery, stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and then examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kandy itinerary builder app.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Hikkaduwa to Kandy in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Museums
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Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
World Buddhist Museum ©
World Buddhist Museum

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night
Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya ©
Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
On the 6th (Wed), take in the dramatic scenery at St Clair's Falls, take in the dramatic scenery at Devon Falls, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Xavier's Church.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Nuwara Eliya trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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St Clair's Falls ©
St Clair's Falls
Devon Falls ©
Devon Falls
St. Xavier's Church ©
St. Xavier's Church

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mamangam Temple, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Nilaveli Beach.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Trincomalee tour builder site.

You can drive from Nuwara Eliya to Trincomalee in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Nilaveli Beach
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Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple

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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 (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi and then admire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Anuradhapura trip maker site.

You can drive from Trincomalee to Anuradhapura in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (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
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya

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