7 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

7 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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7 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Karachi
Fly + Drive:  14​h 45​min
1
Hikkaduwa
— 1 day
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
2
Trincomalee
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Colombo
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Jakarta

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day
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 2nd (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Hikkaduwa Beach, then see the interesting displays at Community Tsunami Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Tsunami Photo Museum, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Narigama Beach.

Plan my day in Hikkaduwa using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Karachi, Pakistan to Hikkaduwa is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Tsunami Photo Museum
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Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Narigama Beach ©
Narigama Beach
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach

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 3rd (Wed), examine the collection at Hoods Tower Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mamangam Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, then brush up on your military savvy at Sri Lanka Navy Museum, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Nilaveli Beach.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Trincomalee day trip planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Hikkaduwa to Trincomalee in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Museums Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Nilaveli Beach
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Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple ©
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Ranmasu Uyana, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, then explore the ancient world of Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate), and finally make a trip to Mihintale.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Anuradhapura vacation planner.

Getting from Trincomalee to Anuradhapura by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can go by car to Colombo.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites
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Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Ranmasu Uyana ©
Ranmasu Uyana
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi

3
nights
Colombo

Colombo ©
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
On the 5th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Kalutara Bodhiya, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Negombo Beach. On the 6th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at The Galleries of Sapumal Foundation, get engrossed in the history at Colombo National Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seema Malakaya Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple.

To find reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Colombo online trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Anuradhapura to Colombo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a train. July in Colombo sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 31°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Kalutara, Western Province
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Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum
Kalutara Bodhiya ©
Kalutara Bodhiya
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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