9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly + taxi:  6​h 45​min
1
Unawatuna
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
2
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Trincomalee
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Polonnaruwa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Sigiriya
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  8​h
End: Kuala Lumpur

1
night
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
On the 31st (Thu), examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, then stroll through Sea Turtle Farm, and then make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda.

Plan my trip to Unawatuna with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Unawatuna is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or fly. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time to India Standard Time is minus 2 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Unawatuna can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Galle, Community Tsunami Museum
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Sea Turtle Farm ©
Sea Turtle Farm
Community Tsunami Museum ©
Community Tsunami Museum

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.
On the 2nd (Sat), explore the activities along Kandy Lake, see the interesting displays at World Buddhist Museum, then contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery. On your second day here, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then stroll the grounds of Kandy War Cemetery, and then stroll through Royal Botanical Gardens.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kandy trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Unawatuna to Kandy by combination of flight and taxi takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

1
night
Trincomalee

A center of Tamil culture and language, Trincomalee suffered greatly during the 30-year civil war, but the troubles haven't dimmed the natural and cultural charms of the place.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple.

Before you visit Trincomalee, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Trincomalee takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple ©
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple
Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple

1
night
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Polonnaruwa, don't miss a visit to Gal Vihara, then make a trip to Thuparama, then pause for some photo ops at Polonnaruwa Vatadage, and finally delve into the distant past at Hetadage.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Polonnaruwa trip planner.

You can drive from Trincomalee to Polonnaruwa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage
Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa
Gal Vihara ©
Gal Vihara

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, then don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Sigiriya trip planner .

Traveling by car from Polonnaruwa to Sigiriya takes 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Dhilip De Alwis
Highlights from your plan
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock
Dhilip De Alwis ©
Dhilip De Alwis

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 7th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, then admire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya, and then make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Anuradhapura travel route builder website .

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Anuradhapura takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites
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Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba

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