9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Manama
Fly + taxi:  16​h 30​min
1
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Trincomalee
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Habarana
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Kandy
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Manama

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 24th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Maha Boodhi Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Isurumuniya Temple, then pause for some photo ops at Samadhi Statue, and finally pause for some photo ops at Abhayagiri Dagoba. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, then contemplate the waterfront views at Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna), and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Anuradhapura vacation maker website .

Manama, Bahrain to Anuradhapura is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Manama to Anuradhapura due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Isurumuniya Temple ©
Isurumuniya Temple
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba
Samadhi Statue ©
Samadhi Statue

3
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): kick back and relax at Nilaveli Beach and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, stroll the grounds of Trincomalee War Cemetery, make a trip to Fort Frederick, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Marble Beach.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Trincomalee travel route planning tool .

Drive from Anuradhapura to Trincomalee in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Habarana.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Nilaveli
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Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Marble Beach ©
Marble Beach
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery

2
nights
Habarana

Habarana ©
Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Gal Vihara, explore the ancient world of Polonnaruwa Vatadage, and then make a trip to Sigiriya World Heritage Site.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Habarana trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Trincomalee to Habarana takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Habarana

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park
Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage

1
night
Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, appreciate the history behind Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Udawattekele Sanctuary.

To find other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Kandy tour itinerary site .

Drive from Habarana to Kandy in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

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