9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Bilbao
Fly + Drive:  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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and then steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Ceylon Tea Museum, make a trip to Kandy view point, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Udawattekele Sanctuary.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Kandy trip planner .

Bilbao, Spain to Kandy is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to India Standard Time (IST) is 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then 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.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Trincomalee trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kandy to Trincomalee takes 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 Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Nilaveli Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ruwanwelisaya, then don't miss a visit to Isurumuniya Temple, and finally steep yourself in history at Ritigala Forest Monastery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba and then identify plant and animal life at Wilpattu National Park.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Anuradhapura trip builder app .

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

Things to do in Anuradhapura

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

2
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, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ahungalla Beach, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Farm, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then kick back and relax at Jungle Beach.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Hikkaduwa trip maker website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Anuradhapura to Hikkaduwa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. May in Hikkaduwa sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Ahungalla Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Sea Turtle Farm
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Scuba & Snorkeling
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach

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