9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Kuwait City
Fly + Drive:  12​h 45​min
1
Habarana
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Trincomalee
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Hikkaduwa
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  1​h 30​min
5
Kandy
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Kuwait City

2
nights
Habarana

Habarana ©
Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
Step off the beaten path and head to Safaris and Dambulla Cave Temple. Get some historical perspective at Golden Temple of Dambulla and Polonnaruwa Vatadage. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Habarana: Polonnaruwa (Gal Vihara & Hetadage). Spend the 10th (Sat) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Habarana trip itinerary planner.

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Habarana is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Arabia Standard Time (AST) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Habarana

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa, Minneriya National Park, Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Safaris
Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage

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.
On the 12th (Mon), stroll through Nilaveli Beach, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Trincomalee road trip site .

You can drive from Habarana to Trincomalee in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Nilaveli Beach
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Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple ©
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, then admire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Isurumuniya Temple, and finally contemplate the long history of Ritigala Forest Monastery.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Anuradhapura holiday site .

Traveling by car from Trincomalee to Anuradhapura takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites
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Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Ritigala Forest Monastery ©
Ritigala Forest Monastery
Isurumuniya Temple ©
Isurumuniya Temple

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): make a trip to Tsunami Honganji Vihara, see the interesting displays at Community Tsunami Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Tsunami Photo Museum, then kick back and relax at Hikkaduwa Beach, and finally identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle Farm.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Hikkaduwa online itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Anuradhapura to Hikkaduwa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Hikkaduwa can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Tsunami Photo Museum, Sea Turtle Farm
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Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Community Tsunami Museum ©
Community Tsunami Museum
Sea Turtle Farm ©
Sea Turtle Farm

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally see the interesting displays at World Buddhist Museum. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll the grounds of Commonwealth War Cemetery, look for gifts at Jayamali Batiks Studio, and then explore the activities along Kandy Lake.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kandy online travel route planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Hikkaduwa to Kandy in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

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