9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Colombo
Fly:  1​h
1
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Polonnaruwa
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
4
Netolpitiya
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Unawatuna
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
End: Colombo

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kandy view point and Kandy Garrison Cemetery. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, examine the collection at Ceylon Tea Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kandy day trip planner .

Colombo to Kandy is an approximately 1-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): explore the fascinating underground world of The Golden Temple, then examine the collection at Sigiriya Museum, and then don't miss a visit to Sigiriya World Heritage Site.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Sigiriya journey website .

Traveling by car from Kandy to Sigiriya takes 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya Museum ©
Sigiriya Museum

1
night
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
On the 8th (Thu), explore the ancient world of Polonnaruwa Vatadage, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gal Potha, then delve into the distant past at Polonnaruwa Archaeological Ruins, and finally pause for some photo ops at Gal Vihara.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Polonnaruwa trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Sigiriya to Polonnaruwa by car takes about 1.5 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Fri) before leaving for Netolpitiya.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites
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Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage
Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa
Gal Potha ©
Gal Potha

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nights
Netolpitiya

Netolpitiya ©
Most people take a trip to Netolpitiya to enjoy a classic beach holiday.
On the 10th (Sat), browse the exhibits of Indika Art Gallery, explore the ancient world of Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa).

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Netolpitiya holiday builder tool .

Getting from Polonnaruwa to Netolpitiya by car takes about 6 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Netolpitiya can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Netolpitiya

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Tangalle
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Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) ©
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara ©
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara
Indika Art Gallery ©
Indika Art Gallery

1
night
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
On the 11th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Unawatuna Beach, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Mon): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Unawatuna trip website .

Drive from Netolpitiya to Unawatuna in 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Mirissa
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Spas & Wellness
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

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