9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + Taxi:  18​h
1
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Trincomalee
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Hikkaduwa
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  27​h
End: Sydney

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Royal Botanical Gardens, then stroll the grounds of Kandy War Cemetery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Embekke Devalaya, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally stop by Jayamali Batiks Studio.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kandy trip itinerary builder tool .

Sydney, Australia to Kandy is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Sydney to Kandy, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Embekke Devalaya
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Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

1
night
Trincomalee

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.
On the 25th (Tue), explore the ancient world of Velgam Vehera, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nilaveli Beach, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Trincomalee War Cemetery, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Koneswaram Temple.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Trincomalee trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Kandy to Trincomalee in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Nilaveli Beach
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Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery
Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple

1
night
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 (Wed): contemplate the long history of Ritigala Forest Monastery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Isurumuniya Temple, then admire the landmark architecture of Ruwanwelisaya, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Anuradhapura trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Trincomalee to Anuradhapura takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites
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Ritigala Forest Monastery ©
Ritigala Forest Monastery
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Isurumuniya Temple ©
Isurumuniya Temple

3
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 27th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Hikkaduwa Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Seenigama Muhudu Viharaya, then browse the exhibits of Tsunami Photo Museum, and finally kick back and relax at Ahungalla Beach. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch Reformed Church, then stroll through Narigama Beach, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Hikkaduwa trip maker site .

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. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in May, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Ahungalla Beach, Tsunami Photo Museum, Dutch Reformed Church
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Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Narigama Beach ©
Narigama Beach

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