9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Valletta, Island of Malta
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  19​h 30​min
1
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Dambulla
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
3
Hikkaduwa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Netolpitiya
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  23​h
End: Valletta, Island of Malta

2
nights
Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Ceylon Tea Museum and World Buddhist Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Commonwealth War Cemetery. Take a break from Kandy with a short trip to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala, about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Kandy Lake, don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, and stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kandy trip planner.

Valletta, Malta to Kandy is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone changes from Central European Time to India Standard Time, which is usually a 4 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Dambulla.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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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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Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Sigiriya Museum and then explore the fascinating underground world of The Golden Temple.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Dambulla driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Kandy to Dambulla in 1.5 hours. On the 14th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Dambulla

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

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Hikkaduwa

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 15th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ahungalla Beach, then examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Tsunami Photo Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Hikkaduwa vacation planner .

Getting from Dambulla to Hikkaduwa by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Netolpitiya.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Ahungalla Beach, Tsunami Photo Museum, Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project
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Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Community Tsunami Museum ©
Community Tsunami Museum

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night
Netolpitiya

Netolpitiya ©
Most people take a trip to Netolpitiya to enjoy a classic beach holiday.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Indika Art Gallery, then delve into the distant past at Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara, and then stroll through Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa).

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Netolpitiya trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Hikkaduwa to Netolpitiya in 2.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Netolpitiya

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Tangalle
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Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) ©
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara ©
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara
Indika Art Gallery ©
Indika Art Gallery

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