8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Doha
Fly + Taxi:  10​h 15​min
1
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Dambulla
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  2​h 30​min
3
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Tissamaharama
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1​h
5
Kandy
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  9​h
End: Doha

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 3rd (Fri), don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ruwanwelisaya, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Anuradhapura trip itinerary planner.

Doha, Qatar to Anuradhapura is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Doha to Anuradhapura is 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Dambulla.

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
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
On the 4th (Sat), delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, don't miss a visit to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, and then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Dambulla sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Dambulla takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Sigiriya
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs ©
Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs

1
night
Udawalawe National Park

Udawalawe National Park ©
One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Udawalawe National Park.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Udawalawe National Park holiday maker app.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Dambulla to Udawalawe National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in April, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Udawalawe National Park ©
Udawalawe National Park

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiri Vehera, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax in the rural setting at Agro Technology Park and then explore the striking landscape of Bundala National Park.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Tissamaharama trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Udawalawe National Park to Tissamaharama in 2 hours. April in Tissamaharama sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum, don't miss a visit to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and finally explore the activities along Kandy Lake. On the next day, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens and then stroll the grounds of Kandy War Cemetery.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Kandy trip maker site.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Tissamaharama to Kandy takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

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

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