9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Kolkata (Calcutta)
Fly + Taxi:  7 h
1
Bentota
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Unawatuna
— 3 nights
Yala:  2 h
3
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  2 h
4
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Dambulla
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  8 h
End: Kolkata (Calcutta)

1
night
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
To see where to stay and other tourist information, you can read our Bentota trip itinerary planner.

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Bentota is an approximately 7- hour combination of flight and taxi. Traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in April, you will find days in Bentota are a bit cooler (39°C), and nights are about the same (30°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Bentota

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Ahungalla Beach
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Spas

3
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Palm-fringed beaches with golden sand, turquoise water, and a colorful coral reef are enough to draw any beachgoer to Unawatuna, but there's plenty to do off the beach here as well.
Visit Mirissa Beach and Hikkaduwa Beach for some beach relaxation. Get a sense of the local culture at Galle Fort and Unawatuna Devol Devalaya. When in Unawatuna, make a side trip to see Dolphin & Whale Watching in Mirissa, approximately Mirissa away. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, stroll through Mihiripenna Beach, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and stop by Cara Jewellers.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Unawatuna trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bentota to Unawatuna takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April, daytime highs in Unawatuna are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Galle, Mirissa, Hikkaduwa Beach
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

1
night
Udawalawe National Park

Udawalawe National Park
One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): stroll through Udawalawe National Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Udawalawe National Park attractions planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Unawatuna to Udawalawe National Park in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. April in Udawalawe National Park sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife Nature Parks

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): stroll through Royal Botanical Gardens, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asgiri Maha Vihara pirivena, stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kandy trip itinerary app.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Udawalawe National Park to Kandy in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
On the 17th (Fri), make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, then delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, and then view the masterpieces at Pethikada. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Dambulla Cave Temple and then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Dambulla trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Kandy to Dambulla in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Dambulla Cave Temple
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Dambulla Cave Temple ©
Dambulla Cave Temple

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