9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  18​h 45​min
1
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Polonnaruwa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Lisbon

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.
On the 3rd (Sat), admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally take an in-depth tour of Raja Museum. On the 4th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Kandy City Center, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, then identify plant and animal life at Udawattekele Sanctuary, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Commonwealth War Cemetery.

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Lisbon, Portugal to Kandy is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight, bus, and train. Traveling from Lisbon to Kandy, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery

3
nights
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kaudulla National Park and Lankathilaka Image House. Change things up with a short trip to Sigiriya World Heritage Site in Sigiriya (about 1h 10 min away). There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Polonnaruwa Archaeological Ruins, appreciate the history behind Polonnaruwa Vatadage, steep yourself in history at Nishshanka Latha Mandapaya, and make a trip to Gal Vihara.

For other places to visit and more tourist information, refer to the Polonnaruwa holiday maker website

You can drive from Kandy to Polonnaruwa in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Kaudulla National Park
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage
Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Maha Boodhi Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some photo ops at Abhayagiri Dagoba, pause for some photo ops at Samadhi Statue, then contemplate the waterfront views at Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dagoba of Thuparama, and finally make a trip to Isurumuniya Temple.

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Drive from Polonnaruwa to Anuradhapura in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Isurumuniya Temple ©
Isurumuniya Temple
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba
Abhayagiri Dagaba ©
Abhayagiri Dagaba

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