9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Bilbao
Fly + Taxi:  22 h 15 min
1
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
2
Trincomalee
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
3
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  3 h 45 min
4
Hikkaduwa
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  28 h
End: Bilbao

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 23rd (Sat), admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. 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 activities along Kandy Lake, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Udawattekele Sanctuary.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Kandy driving holiday planning tool.

Bilbao, Spain to Kandy is an approximately 18- hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to India Standard Time is 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Trincomalee.

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
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Nilaveli Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Koneswaram Temple.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Trincomalee day trip planner.

You can drive from Kandy to Trincomalee in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Nilaveli Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple ©
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, admire the landmark architecture of Ruwanwelisaya, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Isurumuniya Temple, and finally contemplate the long history of Ritigala Forest Monastery. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba and then stroll through Wilpattu National Park.

To see ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Anuradhapura visit planning app.

Drive from Trincomalee to Anuradhapura in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Ritigala Forest Monastery ©
Ritigala Forest Monastery
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba

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nights
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 28th (Thu): examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Ahungalla Beach, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then stroll through Jungle Beach.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Hikkaduwa itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Anuradhapura to Hikkaduwa by combination of taxi and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Hikkaduwa are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Ahungalla Beach
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

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