9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Bangkok
Fly + taxi:  11​h 45​min
1
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Habarana
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Mirissa
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Kandy
— 2 nights
+4
train + foot + bus + foot + Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Bangkok

2
nights
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 (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Maha Boodhi Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, don't miss a visit to Isurumuniya Temple, then make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Anuradhapura online trip itinerary planner .

Bangkok, Thailand to Anuradhapura is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bangkok to Anuradhapura. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can go by car to Habarana.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites
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Isurumuniya Temple ©
Isurumuniya Temple
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba

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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 25th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Hurulu Eco Park and then pause for some photo ops at Gal Vihara. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Tue): Head underground at The Golden Temple and then make a trip to Sigiriya World Heritage Site.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Habarana trip planner.

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Habarana takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Habarana

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Gal Vihara, Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Hurulu Eco Park ©
Hurulu Eco Park

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nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
On the 27th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Unawatuna Beach. On the 28th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach and then kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Mirissa vacation builder website .

Getting from Habarana to Mirissa by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Mirissa

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Jungle Beach
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

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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.
On the 29th (Fri), make a trip to Kandy view point, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Commonwealth War Cemetery, and then identify plant and animal life at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally get engrossed in the history at Raja Museum.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kandy travel route website .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Mirissa to Kandy in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll have a few hours on the 31st (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

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 Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

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