9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
2
Habarana
— 3 nights
3
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
4
Unawatuna
— 1 night
5
Kandy
— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, thenadmire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya, and then don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba. On the next day, make a trip to Moonstone or Sandakada pahana, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mihintale, thendelve into the distant past at Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate), and finally don't miss a visit to Isurumuniya Temple.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Anuradhapura trip planner.

Mumbai, India to Anuradhapura is an approximately 8-hour flight. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Habarana.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites
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Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Moonstone or Sandakada pahana ©
Moonstone or Sandakada pahana

3
nights
Habarana

Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lankathilaka Image House and Safaris. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Golden Temple of Dambulla and Siva Devalaya (No 1). Change things up with these side-trips from Habarana: Sath Paththini Devalaya (in Dambulla) and Polonnaruwa (Polonnaruwa Vatadage & Gal Vihara). It doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Sigiriya and make a trip to Dambulla Cave Temple.

For more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Habarana travel route planner.

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Habarana in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Habarana

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa, Dambulla, Sigiriya
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Safaris
Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya

1
night
Udawalawe National Park

Udawalawe National Park
One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Udawalawe National Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Udawalawe National Park trip itinerary website.

You can fly from Habarana to Udawalawe National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Udawalawe National Park can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature
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1
night
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Palm-fringed beaches with golden sand, turquoise water, and a colorful coral reef are enough to draw any beachgoer to Unawatuna, but there's plenty to do off the beach here as well.
On the 8th (Tue), stop by Cara Jewellers, thencontemplate the long history of Galle Fort, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips and tourist information, you can read our Unawatuna trip planner.

Drive from Udawalawe National Park to Unawatuna in 3.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Unawatuna can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Historic Sites Spas Shopping

Side Trip

Galle
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Cara Jewellers ©
Cara Jewellers
Spas

1
night
Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery and then make a trip to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

For ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kandy visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Unawatuna to Kandy takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites
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Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

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