8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Karachi
Fly + Taxi:  10 h 45 min
1
Galle
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  3 h 15 min
2
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
3
Trincomalee
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
Kandy
— 2 nights
+3
Taxi + Fly + Foot + Bus:  6 h 45 min
End: Karachi

2
nights
Galle

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
On the 23rd (Sat), stop by Cara Jewellers, then take in the exciting artwork at Tsunami Photo Museum, then see the interesting displays at Community Tsunami Museum, and finally stroll through Jungle Beach. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then steep yourself in history at Galle Fort.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Galle attractions planner.

Karachi, Pakistan to Galle is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in May, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Tours Shopping

Side Trips

Community Tsunami Museum, Jungle Beach, Swim with Dolphins, Tsunami Photo Museum
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Swim with Dolphins
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort

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.
On the 25th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, admire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Anuradhapura tour itinerary planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Galle to Anuradhapura takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites
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Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya

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 26th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Koneswaram Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, and then kick back and relax at Nilaveli Beach. Keep things going the next day: stroll the grounds of Trincomalee War Cemetery and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Trincomalee online tour itinerary planner .

Drive from Anuradhapura to Trincomalee in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

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

2
nights
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 28th (Thu): make a trip to Royal Botanical Gardens, stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. Here are some ideas for day two: browse for treasures at Sriya & Daya Curio Shop, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and then look for gifts at Jayamali Batiks Studio.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kandy day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Trincomalee to Kandy takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

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