9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka tour planner

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Fly to Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport, Drive to Kalkudah
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Kalkudah
Drive
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Trincomalee
— 1 night
Drive
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Habarana
— 3 nights
Drive
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Unawatuna
— 2 nights
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Kalkudah

Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): kick back and relax at Passikudah Beach.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Kalkudah online driving holiday planner.

Alexandria, Egypt to Kalkudah is an approximately 21-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a 3.5 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Kalkudah

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Trincomalee

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Nilaveli Beach, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Koneswaram Temple.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Trincomalee trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Kalkudah to Trincomalee in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Habarana.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors · Beaches · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Habarana

— 3 nights
Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Safaris and Dhilip De Alwis. Visiting Golden Temple of Dambulla and Minneriya National Park will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from Habarana to Polonnaruwa to see Gal Vihara about 54 minutes away. There's more to do: make a trip to Pidurangala Rock.

For maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Habarana travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Trincomalee to Habarana in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Habarana

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Unawatuna

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): kick back and relax at Jungle Beach and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, look for gifts at Forbes Gems & Jewellers, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Unawatuna trip maker tool.

You can drive from Habarana to Unawatuna in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Sri Lanka travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Nature & Parks
India's Teardrop
Shaped like a teardrop and located just below the southern tip of India, lush Sri Lanka boasts some of the greatest biodiversity in the world. Unless you time your Sri Lanka holiday for monsoon season, you can expect bright blue skies and plenty of sunshine, perfect for exploring tropical forests, historic temples, colonial forts, and many other buildings dating back to Dutch rule. Popular things to do in Sri Lanka include swimming, sailing, and surfing, though a growing number of visitors come here just to eat their way around the country. Greatly influenced by nearby India, the national cuisine also features many elements of European cooking--a result of the Dutch and Portuguese colonial years. Of course, a trip to Sri Lanka would not be complete without a cup of its world-famous Ceylon tea.