9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Colombo
Drive:  2 h 15 min
1
Sigiriya
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
2
Arugam Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Kandy
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h
4
Unawatuna
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
End: Colombo

1
night
Sigiriya

Sigiriya ©
The historic rock of the same name dominates the landscape of World Heritage-listed Sigiriya, where the steep and striking lava plug contains the ruins of an ancient empire.
On the 23rd (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Sigiriya, take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla.

To find where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Sigiriya sightseeing planner.

Colombo to Sigiriya is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Minneriya National Park, Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

1
night
Arugam Bay

Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, visit a coastal fixture at Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, explore the activities along Pottuvil Lagoon, thenrelax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Arugam Bay, and finally stop by Rice & Carry Bags Shop.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Arugam Bay journey maker site.

Getting from Sigiriya to Arugam Bay by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. July in Arugam Bay sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Parks Nature Shopping
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Spas
Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse

3
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.
World Buddhist Museum and Raja Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Sriya & Daya Curio Shop. Venture out of the city with trips to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, engage your brain at Natural Gems and Gemmological Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Kandy online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Arugam Bay to Kandy in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Elephant Freedom Project
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

3
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Palm-fringed beaches with golden sand, turquoise water, and a colorful coral reef are enough to draw any beachgoer to Unawatuna, but there's plenty to do off the beach here as well.
Do your shopping at Tsunami Photo Museum and Lak Gems & Jewellery. Relax by the water at Jungle Beach and Hikkaduwa Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Unawatuna: Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching) and Bentota Beach (in Bentota). It doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Unawatuna Beach and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Unawatuna trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Kandy to Unawatuna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, daytime highs in Unawatuna are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mirissa, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa, Hikkaduwa Beach, Bentota Beach, Tsunami Photo Museum
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Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

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