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 + taxi:  7​h 30​min
1
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Trincomalee
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Polonnaruwa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Dambulla
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Pune

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): explore the ancient world of Ranmasu Uyana and then identify plant and animal life at Wilpattu National Park. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Eth Pokuna, don't miss a visit to Isinbassagala, then make a trip to Mirisaveti Stupa, and finally explore the activities along Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Anuradhapura travel tool .

Pune, India to Anuradhapura is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Wilpattu National Park ©
Wilpattu National Park
Eth Pokuna ©
Eth Pokuna

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 23rd (Mon): get some fabulous bargains at Weavers Finch and then squeeze the most out of the city with City Tours.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kandy tour planning site .

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Kandy

Shopping Museums
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Weavers Finch ©
Weavers Finch

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 24th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, then enjoy the sand and surf at Nilaveli Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Kantale Lake and then kick back and relax at Arisimale Beach.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Trincomalee online day trip planner .

Getting from Kandy to Trincomalee by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Nilaveli, Kantale Lake
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Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Arisimale Beach ©
Arisimale Beach

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 26th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Wasgamuwa National Park, then delve into the distant past at Hetadage, and then look for gifts at Nishantha Wood Carvings.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Polonnaruwa online day trip planner .

Drive from Trincomalee to Polonnaruwa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Parks Nature Shopping
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Wasgamuwa National Park ©
Wasgamuwa National Park
Nishantha Wood Carvings ©
Nishantha Wood Carvings
Hetadage ©
Hetadage

1
night
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
On the 27th (Fri), take in nature's colorful creations at Popham's Arboretum, browse the fresh offerings at Dambulla Dedicated Economic Centre, then look for all kinds of wild species at Dhilip De Alwis, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Dambulla online vacation maker .

Getting from Polonnaruwa to Dambulla by car takes about 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dambulla

Parks Shopping Wildlife

Side Trip

Habarana
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Dhilip De Alwis ©
Dhilip De Alwis
Dambulla Dedicated Economic Centre ©
Dambulla Dedicated Economic Centre
Spas

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