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 + taxi:  2​h 15​min
1
Sigiriya
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
2
Arugam Bay
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Kandy
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h
4
Unawatuna
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
End: Colombo

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada, and then stroll through Golden Temple of Dambulla.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Sigiriya trip builder tool .

Colombo to Sigiriya is an approximately 2.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Minneriya National Park, Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

1
night
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
On the 25th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, visit a coastal fixture at Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, explore the activities along Pottuvil Lagoon, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then enjoy the sand and surf at Arugam Bay, and finally look for gifts at Rice & Carry Bags Shop.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Arugam Bay online trip builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Sigiriya to Arugam Bay takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In July in Arugam Bay, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Pottuvil Lagoon ©
Pottuvil Lagoon

3
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items and Sriya & Daya Curio Shop. Let the collections at World Buddhist Museum and Raja Museum capture your imagination. Explore Kandy's surroundings by going to Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, get curious at Natural Gems and Gemmological Museum, examine the collection at Kandy Brasswear Village, and explore the activities along Kandy Lake.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kandy vacation planner.

Getting from Arugam Bay to Kandy by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Elephant Freedom Project, Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

3
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
We've included these beaches for you: Jungle Beach and Unawatuna Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Bentota Beach and Mirissa Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Unawatuna side-trips: Tsunami Photo Museum (in Telwatta), Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Mirissa) and Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa).

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Unawatuna route planner.

Getting from Kandy to Unawatuna by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and taxi. In July in Unawatuna, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 31°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can take a train back home.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mirissa, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery, Tsunami Photo Museum, Bentota Beach, Hikkaduwa Beach
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Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

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