9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Bucharest
Fly + taxi:  19​h 15​min
1
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Polonnaruwa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Kandy
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  2​h
4
Unawatuna
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Bucharest

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 7th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dagoba of Thuparama, make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, take in the spiritual surroundings of Isurumuniya Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Maha Boodhi Temple.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Anuradhapura travel route planner .

Bucharest, Romania to Anuradhapura is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. Traveling from Bucharest to Anuradhapura, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites
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Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Isurumuniya Temple ©
Isurumuniya Temple
Dagoba of Thuparama ©
Dagoba of Thuparama

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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 8th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Lankathilaka Image House, then appreciate the history behind Gal Vihara, and then delve into the distant past at Polonnaruwa Archaeological Ruins. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Weijantha Prasada, explore the ancient world of King’s Council Chamber, then contemplate the long history of Nishshanka Latha Mandapaya, then appreciate the history behind Polonnaruwa Vatadage, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Polonnaruwa.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Polonnaruwa trip planner .

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Polonnaruwa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites
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Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage
Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House
King’s Council Chamber ©
King’s Council Chamber

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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 10th (Sat), explore the activities along Kandy Lake, then steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and finally make a trip to Kandy view point. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Commonwealth War Cemetery, and then appreciate the history behind Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kandy tour planning tool .

Drive from Polonnaruwa to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

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 War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery

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nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Jungle Beach, stroll through Matara Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, then pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch Reformed Church, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Unawatuna Beach.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Unawatuna trip maker site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Unawatuna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Galle, Mirissa Beach, Matara Beach
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dutch Reformed Church ©
Dutch Reformed Church
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

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