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

1
day
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 17th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mary's Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Jaffna Fort, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dambakola Patuna Sangamitta Temple, then delve into the distant past at Kantharodai Viharaya, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nallur Kovil.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Jaffna trip planner .

Bengaluru, India to Jaffna is an approximately 53.5-hour car ride. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can take a train to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites
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Nallur Kovil ©
Nallur Kovil
Jaffna Fort ©
Jaffna Fort
Kantharodai Viharaya ©
Kantharodai Viharaya

1
night
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 18th (Thu): make a trip to Isurumuniya Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Maha Boodhi Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba, and finally make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Anuradhapura road trip planning website .

Getting from Jaffna to Anuradhapura by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Koneswaram Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Trincomalee War Cemetery, and finally stroll through Nilaveli Beach.

To see ratings and more tourist information, refer to the Trincomalee trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Trincomalee in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can go by car to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Nilaveli Beach
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Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach

2
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 20th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kaudulla National Park. On the next day, delve into the distant past at Polonnaruwa, pause for some photo ops at Gal Vihara, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Polonnaruwa Archaeological Ruins, make a trip to Atadage, then explore the ancient world of Polonnaruwa Vatadage, and finally contemplate the long history of Lankathilaka Image House.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Polonnaruwa route builder app .

Drive from Trincomalee to Polonnaruwa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kaudulla National Park
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Kaudulla National Park ©
Kaudulla National Park
Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House
Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): explore the activities along Kande-ela Reservoir, admire the sheer force of Lover's Leap Falls, then admire the natural beauty at Victoria Park of Nuwara Eliya, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sita Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue): delve into the lush surroundings at Saga Travels & Tours Nuwara Eliya.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Nuwara Eliya trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Polonnaruwa to Nuwara Eliya in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Trails
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Victoria Park of Nuwara Eliya
Victoria Park of Nuwara Eliya
Sita Temple ©
Sita Temple
Kande-ela Reservoir ©
Kande-ela Reservoir

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