9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Chennai
Fly + taxi:  5​h
1
Kandy
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h
2
Unawatuna
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
3
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Chennai

3
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and Udawattekele Sanctuary. Change things up with a short trip to Horton Plains National Park in Ohiya (about 2 hours away). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Kandy road trip planning app .

Chennai (Madras), India to Kandy is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, 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

3
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Unawatuna

Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Unawatuna Beach, stroll through Jungle Beach, and then kick back and relax at Hikkaduwa Beach.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Unawatuna trip itinerary builder website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Unawatuna in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and flight. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Sigiriya

Sigiriya ©
The historic rock of the same name dominates the landscape of World Heritage-listed Sigiriya, where the steep and striking lava plug contains the ruins of an ancient empire.
Get out of town with these interesting Sigiriya side-trips: Karu Arts & Crafts (in Naula), Minneriya National Park (in Habarana) and The Golden Temple (in Dambulla). The adventure continues: make a trip to Sigiriya World Heritage Site, stop by Lanka Silks, and explore the historical opulence of Golden Cave Temple.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Sigiriya online trip builder .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Unawatuna to Sigiriya takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Golden Temple of Dambulla, Karu Arts & Crafts, Minneriya National Park
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla

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