9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Phnom Penh
Fly + Taxi:  9 h 45 min
1
Galle
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Tissamaharama
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  3 h 45 min
3
Nilaveli
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Anuradhapura
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  16 h 45 min
End: Phnom Penh

2
nights
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 20th (Sat): stroll through Sea Turtle Farm, view the masterpieces at Tsunami Photo Museum, then examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum, and finally go for a stroll along the water at Hikkaduwa Harbour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Galle travel planner.

Phnom Penh, Cambodia to Galle is an approximately 10- hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Phnom Penh to Galle. While traveling from Phnom Penh, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Galle, ranging from highs of 37°C to lows of 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can go by car to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Galle

Museums Spas Shopping

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Tsunami Photo Museum, Spas
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Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara ©
Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Spas

1
night
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 22nd (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Tissa Wewa and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Tissamaharama trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Galle to Tissamaharama takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Tissamaharama are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Nilaveli.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Safaris
Tissa Wewa ©
Tissa Wewa

2
nights
Nilaveli

Nilaveli ©
The coastal resort town of Nilaveli draws visitors with its beaches, dive spots, and seaside hotels.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): stroll the grounds of Trincomalee War Cemetery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Koneswaram Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mamangam Temple. On the next day, get outside with Outdoor Activities and then stroll through Nilaveli Beach.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Nilaveli travel route website.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Tissamaharama to Nilaveli in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Nilaveli

Outdoors Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trip

Trincomalee
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Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, admire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya, and then take in the views from Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Moonstone or Sandakada pahana, appreciate the history behind Short Handed Statue, then make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Isurumuniya Temple.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Anuradhapura trip tool.

You can drive from Nilaveli to Anuradhapura in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites
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Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba
Moonstone or Sandakada pahana ©
Moonstone or Sandakada pahana

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