9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Kandy
— 2 nights
2
Trincomalee
— 1 night
3
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
4
Hikkaduwa
— 3 nights

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): take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy War Cemetery, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Embekke Devalaya, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, thensoothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally stop by Jayamali Batiks Studio.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kandy trip maker tool.

Sydney, Australia to Kandy is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to India Standard Time, which is usually a -4.5 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Embekke Devalaya
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Jayamali Batiks Studio ©
Jayamali Batiks Studio
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery

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), admire the landmark architecture of Velgam Vehera, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nilaveli Beach, thenstroll the grounds of Trincomalee War Cemetery, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Trincomalee trip builder tool.

Drive from Kandy to Trincomalee in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Historic Sites Outdoors 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.
On the 26th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Ritigala Forest Monastery, thendon't miss a visit to Isurumuniya Temple, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Ruwanwelisaya, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Anuradhapura trip planner.

Drive from Trincomalee to Anuradhapura in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites
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Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Ritigala Forest Monastery ©
Ritigala Forest Monastery
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya

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), kick back and relax at Hikkaduwa Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seenigama Muhudu Viharaya, thenbrowse the exhibits of Tsunami Photo Museum, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Ahungalla Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Church, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Narigama Beach, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Hikkaduwa trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Hikkaduwa in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of train and taxi. In May, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

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