7 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

7 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka travel route planner

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Bus to Katunayake Airport Bus Station, Foot to Colombo, Fly to Anuradhapura
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Anuradhapura
— 3 nights
Drive
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Jaffna
— 2 nights
Train to Anuradhapura, Taxi to Kalpitiya
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Kalpitiya
— 1 night
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Anuradhapura

— 3 nights
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 17th (Tue): take an unorthodox tour of Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate), stroll through Wilpattu National Park, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahamevnawa Dhammachethiya Buddhist Monastery Anuradhapura. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ruwanwelisaya, then don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, and then don't miss a visit to Mihintale.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Anuradhapura road trip planning website.

Colombo to Anuradhapura is an approximately 4-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Jaffna.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife
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Jaffna

— 2 nights
A center of Tamil culture, the city of Jaffna remains in the process of rebuilding after suffering greatly during the civil war.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Kantharodai Viharaya, make a trip to Keerimalai Hot springs, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kadurugoda Buddhist Temple, and finally contemplate the long history of Jaffna Fort. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Casuarina Beach, then get engrossed in the history at Jaffna Archaeological Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nallur Kovil.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Jaffna online journey planner.

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Jaffna in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Kalpitiya.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
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Kalpitiya

— 1 night
On the 21st (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Church, Kalpitiya and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Ruwala Nature & Adventure Park and then stroll through Kudawa Beach.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kalpitiya online itinerary builder.

Getting from Jaffna to Kalpitiya by combination of train and taxi takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Kalpitiya

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours
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Sri Lanka travel guide

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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.