9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru
Fly + taxi:  7​h 45​min
1
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Trincomalee
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Polonnaruwa
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Nuwara Eliya
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Kandy
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  1​h
6
Galle
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Bengaluru

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.
On the 12th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Isurumuniya Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ruwanwelisaya, then don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, and finally appreciate the history behind Samadhi Statue. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sun): appreciate the history behind Abhayagiri Dagaba, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mihintale, and then contemplate the long history of Ritigala Forest Monastery.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Anuradhapura sightseeing tool .

Bengaluru, India to Anuradhapura is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba

1
night
Trincomalee

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): stroll the grounds of Trincomalee War Cemetery, enjoy the sand and surf at Nilaveli Beach, examine the collection at Hoods Tower Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Koneswaram Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Trincomalee trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Trincomalee takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Nilaveli Beach
Highlights from your plan
Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach

1
night
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
On the 15th (Tue), explore the ancient world of Polonnaruwa Archaeological Ruins, appreciate the history behind Gal Vihara, appreciate the history behind Polonnaruwa Vatadage, then steep yourself in history at Nishshanka Latha Mandapaya, and finally contemplate the long history of Lankathilaka Image House.

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You can drive from Trincomalee to Polonnaruwa in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage
Gal Vihara ©
Gal Vihara
Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House

1
night
Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya ©
Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
On the 16th (Wed), admire the sheer force of Mohini falls, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple, then admire the sheer force of Devon Falls, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Nuwara Eliya day trip website .

You can drive from Polonnaruwa to Nuwara Eliya in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Devon Falls ©
Devon Falls
Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple ©
Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple

1
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.
On the 17th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kandy day trip planning app .

You can drive from Nuwara Eliya to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

2
nights
Galle

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
On the 18th (Fri), stop by Tea Zone, then don't miss a visit to Tsunami Honganji Vihara, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sat): relax in the rural setting at Handunugoda Tea Estate, then see the interesting displays at Community Tsunami Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Galle Fort.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Galle trip simple and quick.

Getting from Kandy to Galle by combination of flight and taxi takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in October, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Galle

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna, Handunugoda Tea Estate
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Japanese Peace Pagoda ©
Japanese Peace Pagoda
Tsunami Honganji Vihara ©
Tsunami Honganji Vihara

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