9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Colombo
Drive:  5​h
1
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Habarana
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Galle
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Colombo
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Mumbai

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Maha Boodhi Temple, don't miss a visit to Isurumuniya Temple, make a trip to Mirisaveti Stupa, then explore the ancient world of Moonstone or Sandakada pahana, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Dagoba of Thuparama, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond, then explore the activities along Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna), and finally don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Anuradhapura trip planner.

Colombo to Anuradhapura is an approximately 4-hour train ride. You can also drive; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Habarana.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Moonstone or Sandakada pahana ©
Moonstone or Sandakada pahana
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba

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night
Habarana

Habarana ©
Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Golden Temple. Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): Head underground at The Golden Temple, then explore the historical opulence of Golden Cave Temple, and then explore the ancient world of Polonnaruwa Vatadage.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Habarana trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Habarana takes 1.5 hours. You'll set off for Kandy on the 17th (Tue).

Things to do in Habarana

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

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

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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 17th (Tue): stroll the grounds of Commonwealth War Cemetery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kandy vacation builder.

Traveling by car from Habarana to Kandy takes 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

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

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nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
On the 18th (Wed), kick back and relax at Jungle Beach and then contemplate the long history of Galle Fort. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirissa Beach and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Galle trip planner.

Getting from Kandy to Galle by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Fri) before leaving for Colombo.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Mirissa, Jungle Beach
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dutch Reformed Church ©
Dutch Reformed Church
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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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 20th (Fri), stroll through Negombo Beach and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Church. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, then appreciate the history behind Independence Memorial Hall, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Colombo trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Galle to Colombo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Western Province
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©

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