9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Anuradhapura
— 1 day
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Nilaveli
— 1 night
3
Habarana
— 3 nights
4
Hikkaduwa
— 3 nights
5
Hambantota
— 1 night

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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 27th (Fri), delve into the mystery of Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate), then admire the landmark architecture of Ruwanwelisaya, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Anuradhapura vacation builder tool.

Colombo to Anuradhapura is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Nilaveli.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

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Architectural Building
Ruwanwelisaya
4.6
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Religious Site
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
4.4

1
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Nilaveli

Nilaveli ©
The coastal resort town of Nilaveli draws visitors with its beaches, dive spots, and seaside hotels.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): kick back and relax at Nilaveli Beach, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Trincomalee War Cemetery, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Nilaveli trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Nilaveli in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Habarana.

Things to do in Nilaveli

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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Nilaveli Beach
4.3

3
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Habarana

Habarana ©
Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
Golden Temple of Dambulla and Sigiriya Fortress will appeal to history buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Lankathilaka Image House and Pethikada. Explore Habarana's surroundings by going to Polonnaruwa (Gal Vihara, Polonnaruwa Vatadage, &more). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and take in the spiritual surroundings of Dambulla Cave Temple.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Habarana road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nilaveli to Habarana takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Habarana

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Safaris
4.9

3
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Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa ©
One of the most scenic beach resorts in Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa features a number of long white sand beaches with palm trees and gentle waves.
We've included these beaches for you: Beruwala Beach and Bentota Beach. Get some historical perspective at Galle Fort and Unawatuna Devol Devalaya. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hikkaduwa: Spas (in Unawatuna), Cara Jewellers (in Galle) and Safaris (in Beruwala). There's still lots to do: take in the exciting artwork at Tsunami Photo Museum, see the interesting displays at Community Tsunami Museum, explore the galleries of Saffron Robes, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Hikkaduwa trip planner.

You can drive from Habarana to Hikkaduwa in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of train and taxi. In December, daytime highs in Hikkaduwa are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hambantota.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trips

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Must see
Beruwala Beach
4.1
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Art Gallery
Tsunami Photo Museum
4.6

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Hambantota

Hambantota ©
Hambantota is the main town in Hambantota District, Southern Province, Sri Lanka. On the 5th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Magampura Ruhunu Heritage Museum, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and then surround yourself with nature on Kamal Safari Bundala Park.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Hambantota online trip maker.

You can drive from Hikkaduwa to Hambantota in 2.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Hambantota can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hambantota

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Museums
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Safaris
4.8
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Nature / Wildlife Tour
Kamal Safari Bundala Park
5.0

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