9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Colombo
Fly:  1 h
1
Kandy
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h 15 min
2
Mirissa
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Hikkaduwa
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 45 min
4
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  3 h 45 min
5
Arugam Bay
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  3 h
End: Colombo

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.
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and World Buddhist Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at Royal Botanical Gardens and Kandy Lake. Go for a jaunt from Kandy to Pinnawala to see Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Ceylon Tea Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Knuckles Forest Reserve, stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, and browse for treasures at Sriya & Daya Curio Shop.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kandy day trip planning website.

Colombo to Kandy is an approximately 1- hour flight. You can also do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Knuckles Forest Reserve
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Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

1
night
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach, and then stop by LAZY.RIDE.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Mirissa attractions planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Mirissa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In August in Mirissa, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to drive to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
LAZY.RIDE ©
LAZY.RIDE

2
nights
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 2nd (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Hikkaduwa Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at Tsunami Photo Museum, and then kick back and relax at Bentota Beach. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Jungle Beach, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Hikkaduwa trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Mirissa to Hikkaduwa by car takes about 1.5 hours. September in Hikkaduwa sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Bentota Beach, Galle Fort, Tsunami Photo Museum
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort

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nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, then take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada, and then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock and then explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Sigiriya journey planning tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Hikkaduwa to Sigiriya takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Nature Parks 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

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night
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, enjoy the sea views from Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, contemplate the waterfront views at Pottuvil Lagoon, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then contemplate the waterfront views at Arugam Bay, and finally stop by Rice & Carry Bags Shop.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Arugam Bay trip builder.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Sigiriya to Arugam Bay takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Spas

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