9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Fly
1
Unawatuna
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Tissamaharama
— 1 night
Fly
3
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive
4
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
Drive
5
Jaffna
— 1 night
Drive
6
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Taxi to Colombo, Fly to Bengaluru

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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.
Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kowilawatta Temple, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bentota Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ahungalla Beach, and finally see the interesting displays at Community Tsunami Museum.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Unawatuna trip planner.

Bengaluru, India to Unawatuna is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Bengaluru in December: high temperatures in Unawatuna hover around 36°C and lows are around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:

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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.
On the 27th (Fri), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tissamaharama road trip app.

Traveling by car from Unawatuna to Tissamaharama takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and taxi. December in Tissamaharama sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:
Highlights from your trip

1
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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 28th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and then admire all the interesting features of Royal Botanical Gardens.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kandy trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Tissamaharama to Kandy in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:

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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 29th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, admire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Anuradhapura trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Anuradhapura takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Jaffna.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:

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Jaffna

A center of Tamil culture, the city of Jaffna remains in the process of rebuilding after suffering greatly during the civil war.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Nagadipa Purana Vihara and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nallur Kovil.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Jaffna trip app.

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Jaffna in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:

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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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Temple of Dambulla, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dambulla Cave Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ederagala Wana Senasuna. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): make a trip to Pidurangala Rock and then delve into the distant past at Sigiriya Fortress.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Sigiriya travel planner.

Drive from Jaffna to Sigiriya in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:

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.