8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Train to Habarana, Taxi to Polonnaruwa
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— 3 nights
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Explore hidden gems such as Safaris and Lankathilaka Image House. Step out of the city life by going to Golden Temple of Dambulla and Passikudah Beach. Explore Polonnaruwa's surroundings by going to Dhilip De Alwis (in Habarana), Pethikada (in Sigiriya) and Ederagala Wana Senasuna (in Dambulla). There's more to do: appreciate the history behind Polonnaruwa Vatadage and don't miss a visit to Gal Vihara.

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Colombo to Polonnaruwa is an approximately 3-hour combination of train and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nilaveli.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips


— 2 nights
The coastal resort town of Nilaveli draws visitors with its beaches, dive spots, and seaside hotels.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Koneswaram Temple and then enjoy the sand and surf at Nilaveli Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the different monuments and memorials at Trincomalee War Cemetery and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

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Drive from Polonnaruwa to Nilaveli in 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Bentota.

Things to do in Nilaveli

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip


— 2 nights
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): stroll through Beruwala Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ahungalla Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Kosgoda Turtle Care. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Katukurunda Beach, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kalutara Beach.

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You can drive from Nilaveli to Bentota in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Bentota can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Bentota

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Sri Lanka travel guide

Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Nature & Parks
India's Teardrop
Shaped like a teardrop and located just below the southern tip of India, lush Sri Lanka boasts some of the greatest biodiversity in the world. Unless you time your Sri Lanka holiday for monsoon season, you can expect bright blue skies and plenty of sunshine, perfect for exploring tropical forests, historic temples, colonial forts, and many other buildings dating back to Dutch rule. Popular things to do in Sri Lanka include swimming, sailing, and surfing, though a growing number of visitors come here just to eat their way around the country. Greatly influenced by nearby India, the national cuisine also features many elements of European cooking--a result of the Dutch and Portuguese colonial years. Of course, a trip to Sri Lanka would not be complete without a cup of its world-famous Ceylon tea.