9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Ljubljana
+3
Fly + bus + foot + train:  19​h 15​min
Galle
— 1 night
taxi + Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Polonnaruwa
— 1 night
taxi + train:  4​h 45​min
Jaffna
— 1 night
train:  3​h
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly + shuttle:  19​h 15​min
Ljubljana

1
day
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Galle visit planner .

Ljubljana, Slovenia to Galle is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to India Standard Time is 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kandy.

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Unawatuna
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Spas & Wellness

2
days
Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
On the 11th (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and finally don't miss a visit to Kandy view point. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, explore the different monuments and memorials at Commonwealth War Cemetery, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kandy online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Galle to Kandy takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Kandy

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Commonwealth War Cemetery ©
Commonwealth War Cemetery
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

0
days
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Polonnaruwa tour itinerary tool .

Drive from Kandy to Polonnaruwa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Jaffna.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

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

1
day
Jaffna

Jaffna ©
A center of Tamil culture, the city of Jaffna remains in the process of rebuilding after suffering greatly during the civil war.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): browse the collection at Jaffna Public Library, contemplate the long history of Jaffna Fort, then take an in-depth tour of Jaffna Archaeological Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nallur Kovil.

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

You can do a combination of taxi and train from Polonnaruwa to Jaffna in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can take a train to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Jaffna

#Historic Sites, #Museums
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Jaffna Fort ©
Jaffna Fort
Jaffna Public Library ©
Jaffna Public Library
Jaffna Archaeological Museum ©
Jaffna Archaeological Museum

2
days
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.
On the 15th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dagoba of Thuparama, make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, don't miss a visit to Isurumuniya Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Maha Boodhi Temple. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba, contemplate the waterfront views at Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna), then pause for some photo ops at Samadhi Statue, then appreciate the history behind Abhayagiri Dagoba, and finally make a trip to Isinbassagala.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Anuradhapura tour builder .

Take a train from Jaffna to Anuradhapura in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

#Historic Sites, #Nature, #Parks
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Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Isurumuniya Temple ©
Isurumuniya Temple
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba

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