9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Colombo
Fly:  1​h
1
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Sigiriya
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Polonnaruwa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Mirissa
— 2 nights
End: Colombo

1
night
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 12th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, and finally admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens. Keep things going the next day: stroll the grounds of Commonwealth War Cemetery, then identify plant and animal life at Udawattekele Sanctuary, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake.

For more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kandy tour builder app .

Colombo to Kandy is an approximately 1-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

1
night
Sigiriya

Sigiriya ©
The historic rock of the same name dominates the landscape of World Heritage-listed Sigiriya, where the steep and striking lava plug contains the ruins of an ancient empire.
On the 14th (Tue), explore the fascinating underground world of The Golden Temple and then don't miss a visit to Sigiriya World Heritage Site.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Sigiriya trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Kandy to Sigiriya takes 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla

2
nights
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Polonnaruwa Vatadage, then delve into the distant past at Polonnaruwa Archaeological Ruins, then pause for some photo ops at Gal Vihara, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Polonnaruwa.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Polonnaruwa online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Polonnaruwa takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites
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Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage
Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa
Gal Vihara ©
Gal Vihara

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.
On the 16th (Thu), make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Maha Boodhi Temple. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind Abhayagiri Dagoba, pause for some photo ops at Samadhi Statue, contemplate the waterfront views at Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dagoba of Thuparama, and finally don't miss a visit to Isurumuniya Temple.

To find more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Anuradhapura itinerary planner.

You can drive from Polonnaruwa to Anuradhapura in 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Mirissa.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Isurumuniya Temple ©
Isurumuniya Temple
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba

2
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): experience rural life at Handunugoda Tea Estate. Keep things going the next day: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, race across the water with a speed boat tour, and then stroll through Snake Farm.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Mirissa online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Mirissa in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Galle, Snake Farm, Tsunami Honganji Vihara, Handunugoda Tea Estate
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Tsunami Honganji Vihara ©
Tsunami Honganji Vihara
Handunugoda Tea Estate ©
Handunugoda Tea Estate

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