8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: London
+2
Fly + taxi + train:  17​h
1
Hikkaduwa
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
2
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Trincomalee
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Polonnaruwa
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: London

2
nights
Hikkaduwa

One of the most scenic beach resorts in Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa features a number of long white sand beaches with palm trees and gentle waves.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Sea Turtle Farm. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Tsunami Honganji Vihara, examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Hikkaduwa trip itinerary tool .

London, UK to Hikkaduwa is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from London to Hikkaduwa due to the time zone difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from London in September: high temperatures in Hikkaduwa hover around 36°C and lows are around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Sea Turtle Farm
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Scuba & Snorkeling
Sea Turtle Farm ©
Sea Turtle Farm

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 12th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, admire the landmark architecture of Ruwanwelisaya, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Isurumuniya Temple.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Anuradhapura itinerary builder app .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Hikkaduwa to Anuradhapura in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

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

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 13th (Fri): explore the different monuments and memorials at Trincomalee War Cemetery, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mamangam Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Koneswaram Temple.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Trincomalee holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Trincomalee takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Historic Sites Wildlife Outdoors
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Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple
Scuba & Snorkeling
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery

2
nights
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 14th (Sat): take an exotic tour of a safari tour, get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum, and then explore the ancient world of Polonnaruwa Vatadage.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Polonnaruwa trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Trincomalee to Polonnaruwa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. On the 15th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Safaris
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Safaris
Gal Vihara ©
Gal Vihara
Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage

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