7 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

7 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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7 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly + Taxi:  9​h 15​min
1
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Trincomalee
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Kandy
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  1​h
4
Galle
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  8​h
End: New Delhi

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 9th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Isurumuniya Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Maha Boodhi Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba, and finally make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Anuradhapura trip planner .

New Delhi, India to Anuradhapura is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

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

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 10th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Nilaveli Beach, explore the different monuments and memorials at Trincomalee War Cemetery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Koneswaram Temple.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Trincomalee trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Trincomalee takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Nilaveli Beach
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Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple ©
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple

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 11th (Thu): look for gifts at Jayamali Batiks Studio, browse for treasures at Sriya & Daya Curio Shop, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally take an in-depth tour of Raja Museum.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kandy trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Trincomalee to Kandy in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Jayamali Batiks Studio ©
Jayamali Batiks Studio
Raja Museum ©
Raja Museum

3
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tsunami Photo Museum and EXOTIC ROOTS. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Fort Art Jewels and Saffron Robes Gallery and Studio. Step out of Galle to go to Hikkaduwa and see Community Tsunami Museum, which is approximately 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Farm, don't miss a visit to Japanese Peace Pagoda, and pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch Reformed Church.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Galle itinerary planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Galle takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In July in Galle, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 31°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Galle

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Tsunami Photo Museum
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Dutch Reformed Church ©
Dutch Reformed Church

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