8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly + taxi:  9​h 15​min
1
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Trincomalee
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Kandy
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h
4
Galle
— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, admire the landmark architecture of Ruwanwelisaya, then make a trip to Isurumuniya Temple, and finally contemplate the long history of Ritigala Forest Monastery.

To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Anuradhapura road trip planning website .

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Isurumuniya Temple ©
Isurumuniya Temple
Ritigala Forest Monastery ©
Ritigala Forest Monastery

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.
On the 11th (Thu), kick back and relax at Nilaveli Beach, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Koneswaram Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Marble Beach, learn about all things military at Orr's Hill Army Museum, then brush up on your military savvy at Sri Lanka Navy Museum, and finally stroll the grounds of Trincomalee War Cemetery.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Trincomalee online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Trincomalee takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Nilaveli Beach
Highlights from your plan
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple ©
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple

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 13th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Lankatilaka Temple, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy War Cemetery, then look for gifts at Jayamali Batiks Studio, then explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and finally see the interesting displays at Kandy Brasswear Village.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kandy travel route planner.

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 up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

2
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Church, examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Tsunami Photo Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Galle Fort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Tue): look for gifts at Cara Jewellers, kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, and then see the interesting displays at Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex.

For photos and more tourist information, read our Galle trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Galle in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Galle

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Jungle Beach, Community Tsunami Museum, Tsunami Photo Museum
Highlights from your plan
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Dutch Reformed Church ©
Dutch Reformed Church
Community Tsunami Museum ©
Community Tsunami Museum

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