9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  19​h 45​min
1
Sigiriya
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Kandy
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h
3
Unawatuna
— 4 nights
+2
train + taxi + Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: Johannesburg

1
night
Sigiriya

Sigiriya ©
The historic rock of the same name dominates the landscape of World Heritage-listed Sigiriya, where the steep and striking lava plug contains the ruins of an ancient empire.
On the 20th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Golden Temple of Dambulla. On the next day, explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Sigiriya.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Sigiriya trip itinerary planning tool .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Sigiriya is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Johannesburg to Sigiriya is 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla

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 22nd (Sun): explore the activities along Kandy Lake, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kandy trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Kandy takes 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

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

4
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Kids will enjoy Jungle Beach and Mihiripenna Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Bentota Beach (in Bentota), Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching) and Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa).

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Unawatuna day trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Unawatuna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and taxi. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

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

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