9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Manchester
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  18​h 15​min
1
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Habarana
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Trincomalee
— 2 nights
4
Jaffna
— 1 night
5
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Manchester

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): look for gifts at Jayamali Batiks Studio, then look for all kinds of wild species at Udawattekele Sanctuary, then pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Commonwealth War Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Ceylon Tea Museum, then don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and finally explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace of Kandy.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kandy online road trip planner .

Manchester, UK to Kandy is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and train. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Manchester to Kandy due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Habarana.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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Udawattekele Sanctuary ©
Udawattekele Sanctuary
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery

1
night
Habarana

Habarana ©
Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
On the 4th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Fernando Adventure Safaries and then look for all kinds of wild species at Hurulu Eco Park.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Habarana trip itinerary site .

Drive from Kandy to Habarana in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Habarana

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Hurulu Eco Park ©
Hurulu Eco Park

2
nights
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 5th (Mon), stroll through Trincomalee Beach, explore the different monuments and memorials at Trincomalee War Cemetery, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nilaveli Beach.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Trincomalee sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Habarana to Trincomalee takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Jaffna.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Nilaveli Beach
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Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Trincomalee Beach ©
Trincomalee Beach

1
night
Jaffna

Jaffna ©
A center of Tamil culture, the city of Jaffna remains in the process of rebuilding after suffering greatly during the civil war.
On the 6th (Tue), get lost in a book at Jaffna Public Library, then contemplate the long history of Jaffna Fort, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nallur Kovil.

For traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Jaffna holiday planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and train from Trincomalee to Jaffna in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites
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Nallur Kovil ©
Nallur Kovil
Jaffna Fort ©
Jaffna Fort
Jaffna Public Library ©
Jaffna Public Library

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 7th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Maha Boodhi Temple, make a trip to Moonstone or Sandakada pahana, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Isurumuniya Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi. On your second day here, gain insight at Short Handed Statue, pause for some photo ops at Abhayagiri Dagoba, contemplate the waterfront views at Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna), then don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dagoba of Thuparama.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Anuradhapura route site .

You can take a train from Jaffna to Anuradhapura in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) 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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