8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Hikkaduwa
— 1 night
2
Habarana
— 1 night
3
Trincomalee
— 1 night
4
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
5
Tissamaharama
— 2 nights

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.
On the 31st (Thu), stroll through Sea Turtle Hatchery and then examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Hikkaduwa travel itinerary planner.

Pune, India to Hikkaduwa is an approximately 8-hour flight. In December, daily temperatures in Hikkaduwa can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can go by car to Habarana.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Ahungalla, Sea Turtle Hatchery, Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara, Tsunami Photo Museum
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Community Tsunami Museum ©
Community Tsunami Museum
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach

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Habarana

Habarana ©
Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dambulla Cave Temple.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Habarana tour planner.

Traveling by car from Hikkaduwa to Habarana takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Habarana

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
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Dambulla Cave Temple ©
Dambulla Cave Temple
Safaris

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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 3rd (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple and then stroll through Nilaveli Beach.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Trincomalee itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Habarana to Trincomalee takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

Nilaveli Beach
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Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple

2
nights
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 4th (Mon): make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ruwanwelisaya, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Ritigala Forest Monastery and then make a trip to Isurumuniya Temple.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Anuradhapura visit planner.

Traveling by car from Trincomalee to Anuradhapura takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites
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Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Ritigala Forest Monastery ©
Ritigala Forest Monastery
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba

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Tissamaharama

Tissamaharama ©
Tourism in Tissamaharama revolves around the town's vast historic and cultural heritage, with the surroundings of scenic paddy fields adding to the ambiance.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiri Vehera, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bundala National Park.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Tissamaharama day trip planner.

You can fly from Anuradhapura to Tissamaharama in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. January in Tissamaharama sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Bundala National Park, Kiri Vehera
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Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park
Kiri Vehera ©
Kiri Vehera
Safaris

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