9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Riyadh
Fly + taxi:  10​h 30​min
1
Unawatuna
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
2
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Kandy
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  10​h
End: Riyadh

3
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Attractions like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Hikkaduwa Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Go for a jaunt from Unawatuna to Mirissa to see Mirissa Beach about 44 minutes away. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, stop by Embark, and stroll through Unawatuna Beach.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Unawatuna trip itinerary maker .

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Unawatuna is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi. Traveling from Riyadh to Unawatuna, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Galle, Mirissa, Hikkaduwa Beach
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
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.
On the 19th (Mon), Head underground at The Golden Temple, stop by Lanka Silks, then make a trip to Sigiriya World Heritage Site, and finally pick up a one of a kind souvenir at sigiri art gallery. On your second day here, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Sigiriya trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Unawatuna to Sigiriya in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Golden Temple of Dambulla, Minneriya National Park
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

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.
Kids will enjoy Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and Udawattekele Sanctuary. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, and look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kandy trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Kandy takes 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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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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