9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  20​h 45​min
1
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h
2
Unawatuna
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h
3
Kandy
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: London

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 30th (Thu): Head underground at The Golden Temple and then make a trip to Sigiriya World Heritage Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Sigiriya itinerary planner.

London, UK to Sigiriya is an approximately 21-hour flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from London to Sigiriya due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Nature Parks 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

3
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Kids will appreciate attractions like Mirissa Beach and Unawatuna Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Unawatuna: Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Mirissa). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Jungle Beach, look for gifts at Stick No Bills Poster Gallery, and contemplate the long history of Galle Fort.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Unawatuna sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Unawatuna takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Galle, Mirissa, Hikkaduwa Beach
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Raja Museum, steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and then identify plant and animal life at Udawattekele Sanctuary. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.

For where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Kandy trip builder.

Getting from Unawatuna to Kandy by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Royal Botanical Gardens
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

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