9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly + taxi:  12​h
1
Anuradhapura
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Polonnaruwa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Kandy
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Dubai

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nellikulama Temple, delve into the distant past at Moonstone or Sandakada pahana, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dagoba of Thuparama, then don't miss a visit to Isurumuniya Temple, and finally explore the ancient world of Ranmasu Uyana. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Maha Boodhi Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba, then explore the activities along Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna), and finally make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Anuradhapura is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to India Standard Time (IST) is 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Isurumuniya Temple ©
Isurumuniya Temple
Dagoba of Thuparama ©
Dagoba of Thuparama

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Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Take a break from the city and head to Kaudulla National Park and The Golden Temple. Discover out-of-the-way places like Polonnaruwa Archaeological Ruins and Hurulu Eco Park. Take a break from Polonnaruwa with a short trip to Pethikada in Sigiriya, about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: appreciate the history behind Polonnaruwa Vatadage, make a trip to Gal Vihara, and admire the striking features of Polonnaruwa.

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You can drive from Anuradhapura to Polonnaruwa in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Habarana, Pethikada, Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage
Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa

2
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 discover tucked-away gems like Commonwealth War Cemetery and Millennium Elephant Foundation. Get some historical perspective at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Royal Palace of Kandy. When in Kandy, make a side trip to see Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala, approximately 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, look for all kinds of wild species at Udawattekele Sanctuary, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and make a trip to Kandy view point.

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You can drive from Polonnaruwa to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Millennium Elephant Foundation, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

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