9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Mumbai
Fly + Taxi:  8 h 15 min
1
Polonnaruwa
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Trincomalee
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
3
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  3 h
4
Tissamaharama
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h 30 min
5
Unawatuna
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  5 h 15 min
End: Mumbai

1
night
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): look for gifts at Nishantha Wood Carvings, pause for some photo ops at Gal Vihara, then contemplate the long history of Lankathilaka Image House, then appreciate the history behind Polonnaruwa Vatadage, and finally delve into the distant past at Siva Devalaya (No 1).

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Polonnaruwa online sightseeing planner.

Mumbai, India to Polonnaruwa is an approximately 8.5- hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites Shopping
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Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage
Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House
Gal Vihara ©
Gal Vihara

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 7th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Koneswaram Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mamangam Temple, and then stroll through Nilaveli Beach.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Trincomalee trip planner.

Drive from Polonnaruwa to Trincomalee in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Nilaveli Beach
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Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple

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 8th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, admire the landmark architecture of Ruwanwelisaya, and then make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Ritigala Forest Monastery and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Isurumuniya Temple.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Anuradhapura tour itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Trincomalee to Anuradhapura in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Tissamaharama.

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

2
nights
Tissamaharama

Tissamaharama ©
Tourism in Tissamaharama revolves around the town's vast historic and cultural heritage, with the surroundings of scenic paddy fields adding to the ambiance.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiri Vehera, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kataragama Temple, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Wed): make a trip to Tissa Dagoba and then explore the striking landscape of Bundala National Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Tissamaharama day trip planning tool.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Anuradhapura to Tissamaharama takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In March in Tissamaharama, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kataragama, Bundala National Park
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Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park
Kataragama Temple ©
Kataragama Temple
Tissa Dagoba ©
Tissa Dagoba

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): stroll through Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara, then examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum, then don't miss a visit to Tsunami Honganji Vihara, and finally stroll through Ahungalla Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Cara Jewellers, then make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Unawatuna road trip site.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Tissamaharama to Unawatuna takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In March, daily temperatures in Unawatuna can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Parks Spas Wildlife

Side Trips

Galle, Hikkaduwa, Ahungalla Beach
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Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara ©
Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Tsunami Honganji Vihara ©
Tsunami Honganji Vihara

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