9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Chennai
Fly + Taxi:  3 h 15 min
1
Bentota
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Unawatuna
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h 15 min
3
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Dambulla
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 45 min
5
Colombo
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
End: Chennai

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Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): make a trip to Bentota Bazaar, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bentota Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Protection Association.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Bentota trip maker tool.

Chennai, India to Bentota is an approximately 3.5- hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Chennai in July: highs in Bentota hover around 37°C, while lows dip to 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Bentota

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Sea Turtle Protection Association ©
Sea Turtle Protection Association

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Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Palm-fringed beaches with golden sand, turquoise water, and a colorful coral reef are enough to draw any beachgoer to Unawatuna, but there's plenty to do off the beach here as well.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Jungle Beach and Mirissa Beach. Explore Unawatuna's surroundings by going to Coconut Tree Hill (in Mirissa) and Hikkaduwa (Saffron Robes & Hikkaduwa Beach). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, enjoy the sand and surf at Mihiripenna Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Unawatuna Beach, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Unawatuna Devol Devalaya.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Unawatuna itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Bentota to Unawatuna in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July in Unawatuna, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 31°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Mirissa, Hikkaduwa, Galle Fort
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach

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Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
On the 1st (Sat), admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, don't miss a visit to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kandy trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Unawatuna to Kandy in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

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

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Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
On the 2nd (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sath Paththini Devalaya, then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dambulla Royal Cave Temple, and finally make a trip to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Dambulla travel planner.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Dambulla takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Dambulla Royal Cave Temple ©
Dambulla Royal Cave Temple
Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs ©
Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs

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Colombo

Colombo ©
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): walk around Galle Face Green, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, get your game on at VRx, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Sebastian’s Church, then kick back and relax at Negombo Beach, and finally stop by LUV SL Negombo. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum, then stroll through Mount Lavinia Beach, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Anjaneyar Temple.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Colombo road trip site.

Take a train from Dambulla to Colombo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. August in Colombo sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. On the 5th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Negombo, Sri Anjaneyar Temple
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Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Mount Lavinia Beach ©
Mount Lavinia Beach

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