9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly + Taxi:  9​h 15​min
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2​h
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  3​h 45​min
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: New Delhi


Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and Udawattekele Sanctuary. Step out of Kandy with an excursion to Horton Plains National Park in Ohiya--about 2 hours away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Kandy Lake, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, get engrossed in the history at Raja Museum, and steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Kandy online route builder

New Delhi, India to Kandy is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight, taxi, and train. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of flight and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake


Unawatuna ©
Kids will appreciate attractions like Mirissa Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Change things up with a short trip to Hikkaduwa Beach in Hikkaduwa (about 40 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, look for gifts at Stick No Bills Poster Gallery, and pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch Reformed Church.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Unawatuna trip itinerary planning tool

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Unawatuna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Galle, Mirissa, Hikkaduwa Beach
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach


Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Sigiriya World Heritage Site.

To see other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Dambulla online trip itinerary maker

Traveling by car from Unawatuna to Dambulla takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©