9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Colombo
— 3 nights
2
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
3
Jaffna
— 1 night
4
Kandy
— 3 nights

3
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Bentota (Bentota Bazaar, Bentota Beach, &more) and Kosgoda Turtle Care (in Kosgoda). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, walk around Galle Face Green, and examine the collection at Colombo National Museum.

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Mumbai, India to Colombo is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. Traveling from Mumbai in March, Colombo is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Bentota, Kosgoda Turtle Care
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Safaris

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): admire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya, make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mihintale.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Anuradhapura trip planner.

Getting from Colombo to Anuradhapura by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Jaffna.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites
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Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): steep yourself in history at Jaffna Fort and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nallur Kovil.

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Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Jaffna takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites
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Nallur Kovil ©
Nallur Kovil
Jaffna Fort ©
Jaffna Fort

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, then explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and finally make a trip to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at Pinnawala Handicrafts Emporium, then stroll through Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, then stroll through Millennium Elephant Foundation, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Hindagala Temple.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Kandy road trip planner.

You can drive from Jaffna to Kandy in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train, taxi, and flight. On the 24th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Matale, Peradeniya, Pinnawala, Millennium Elephant Foundation
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Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

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