9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Colombo
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
3
Jaffna
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Polonnaruwa
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h
5
Hikkaduwa
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Netolpitiya
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Mumbai

1
night
Colombo

Colombo ©
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
On the 16th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at St. Anthony's Church Kochikade Colombo, then kick back and relax at Mount Lavinia Beach, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Seema Malaka Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Church and then enjoy the sand and surf at Negombo Beach.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, you can read our Colombo trip itinerary builder tool .

Mumbai, India to Colombo is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. Traveling from Mumbai in February, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Colombo, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Negombo
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Mount Lavinia Beach ©
Mount Lavinia Beach
St Anthony's Shrine ©
St Anthony's Shrine
Seema Malakaya Temple ©
Seema Malakaya Temple

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Ranmasu Uyana, then delve into the distant past at Moonstone or Sandakada pahana, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dagoba of Thuparama, and finally examine the collection at Abhayagiri Museum.

For other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Anuradhapura road trip planning website .

You can take a train from Colombo to Anuradhapura in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Jaffna.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Museums
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Ranmasu Uyana ©
Ranmasu Uyana
Dagoba of Thuparama ©
Dagoba of Thuparama
Moonstone or Sandakada pahana ©
Moonstone or Sandakada pahana

1
night
Jaffna

Jaffna ©
A center of Tamil culture, the city of Jaffna remains in the process of rebuilding after suffering greatly during the civil war.
On the 19th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Jaffna Archaeological Museum, pause for some photo ops at Maruthanamadam Anjaneyar Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dambakola Patuna Sangamitta Temple, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Casuarina Beach.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Jaffna itinerary planning website .

You can take a train from Anuradhapura to Jaffna in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Jaffna

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Casuarina Beach ©
Casuarina Beach
Dambakola Patuna Sangamitta Temple ©
Dambakola Patuna Sangamitta Temple
Maruthanamadam Anjaneyar Temple ©
Maruthanamadam Anjaneyar Temple

2
nights
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
On the 20th (Tue), make a trip to Gal Vihara, steep yourself in history at Lankathilaka Image House, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gal Potha, then explore the ancient world of Polonnaruwa Vatadage, and finally delve into the distant past at Weijantha Prasada. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum and then contemplate the long history of Lotus Pond.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Polonnaruwa trip maker site .

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Jaffna to Polonnaruwa takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. On the 21st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites Museums
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Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House
Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage
Lotus Pond ©
Lotus Pond

1
night
Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa ©
One of the most scenic beach resorts in Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa features a number of long white sand beaches with palm trees and gentle waves.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): examine the collection at Sri Vijayarama Viharaya, take in the spiritual surroundings of Seenigama Muhudu Viharaya, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Hikkaduwa Beach.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Hikkaduwa trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Polonnaruwa to Hikkaduwa in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Netolpitiya.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Sri Vijayarama Viharaya
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Sri Vijayarama Viharaya ©
Sri Vijayarama Viharaya
Seenigama Muhudu Viharaya ©
Seenigama Muhudu Viharaya
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach

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nights
Netolpitiya

Netolpitiya ©
Most people take a trip to Netolpitiya to enjoy a classic beach holiday.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Tangalle Lagoon & Kayak, then take in the exciting artwork at Indika Art Gallery, and then delve into the distant past at Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Medaketiya Activity Beach.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Netolpitiya online holiday builder .

Traveling by car from Hikkaduwa to Netolpitiya takes 2.5 hours. In February in Netolpitiya, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Netolpitiya

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Tangalle
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Tangalle Lagoon ©
Tangalle Lagoon
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara ©
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara
Indika Art Gallery ©
Indika Art Gallery

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