8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly + Taxi:  12​h 45​min
1
Anuradhapura
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Trincomalee
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Kataragama
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Hikkaduwa
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Singapore

1
day
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 4th (Tue), delve into the distant past at Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Maha Boodhi Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba, and finally delve into the distant past at Ranmasu Uyana.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Anuradhapura itinerary tool .

Singapore, Singapore to Anuradhapura is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Time (SGT) to India Standard Time (IST) is minus 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) 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
Ranmasu Uyana ©
Ranmasu Uyana
Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate) ©
Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate)

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.
On the 5th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Nilaveli Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple, and finally learn about all things military at Sri Lanka Navy Museum.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Trincomalee trip builder .

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Trincomalee takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Nilaveli Beach
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Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple ©
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple
Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram 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.
On the 6th (Thu), explore the different monuments and memorials at Commonwealth War Cemetery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Maha Vishnu Devalaya, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and finally look for gifts at Jayamali Batiks Studio. On the next day, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and then examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Kandy trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Trincomalee to Kandy takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kataragama.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

1
day
Kataragama

Kataragama ©
Kataragama is a pilgrimage town sacred to Buddhist, Hindu and indigenous Vedda people of Sri Lanka. Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): take an exotic tour of a safari tour and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kataragama Temple.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kataragama online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Trincomalee to Kataragama by car takes about 7 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in June, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Kataragama

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Safaris
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Kataragama Temple ©
Kataragama Temple
Safaris

1
night
Hikkaduwa

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Farm, then identify plant and animal life at Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa, then see the interesting displays at Community Tsunami Museum, and finally view the masterpieces at Tsunami Photo Museum.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Hikkaduwa route maker site .

Traveling by car from Kataragama to Hikkaduwa takes 4 hours. In June, daytime highs in Hikkaduwa are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trips

Tsunami Photo Museum, Sea Turtle Farm
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Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Community Tsunami Museum ©
Community Tsunami Museum
Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa ©
Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa

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