9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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.
Head to Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items and Sriya & Daya Curio Shopfor plenty of shopping. Museum-lovers will appreciate Ceylon Tea Museum and Kandy Brasswear Village. Change things up with a short trip to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala (about 1h 15 min away). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Royal Botanical Gardens, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and see the interesting displays at World Buddhist Museum.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kandy online route builder .

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

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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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.
On the 1st (Sun), get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach, and then stop by LAZY.RIDE.

To plan Mirissa vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Mirissa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Mirissa can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
On the 2nd (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Hikkaduwa Beach, explore the galleries of Tsunami Photo Museum, and then kick back and relax at Bentota Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue): 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 see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Hikkaduwa sightseeing app .

Traveling by car from Mirissa to Hikkaduwa takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

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

2
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): make a trip to Sigiriya, then explore the galleries of Pethikada, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Sigiriya route website .

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

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

1
night
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
On the 6th (Fri), explore the ancient world of Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, enjoy the sea views from Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, contemplate the waterfront views at Pottuvil Lagoon, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then contemplate the waterfront views at Arugam Bay, and finally stop by Rice & Carry Bags Shop.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Arugam Bay planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Sigiriya to Arugam Bay in 4 hours. Other options are to 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

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Pottuvil Lagoon ©
Pottuvil Lagoon

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