9 days in Sri Lanka, Chennai & Mahabalipuram Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka, Chennai & Mahabalipuram Itinerary

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Fly to Colombo, Taxi to Sigiriya
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Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
Drive
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Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
Fly
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Unawatuna, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bentota, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
Fly
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Chennai, India
— 1 night
Drive
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Mahabalipuram, India
— 2 nights
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Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

— 1 night
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.
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Bengaluru, India to Sigiriya is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

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Kandy, Sri Lanka

— 1 night
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, don't miss a visit to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asgiri Maha Vihara pirivena, and finally explore the activities along Kandy Lake.

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Getting from Sigiriya to Kandy by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Unawatuna, Sri Lanka

— 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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirissa Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Unawatuna Devol Devalaya, and then kick back and relax at Jungle Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Tue): explore the galleries of Tsunami Photo Museum, then kick back and relax at Hikkaduwa Beach, and then browse the exhibits of EXOTIC ROOTS.

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Traveling by flight from Kandy to Unawatuna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Bentota.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Bentota, Sri Lanka

— 1 night
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): stop by Gem Bank Gems & Jewellery, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bentota Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kosgoda Turtle Care.

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You can drive from Unawatuna to Bentota in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. May in Bentota sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Chennai.

Things to do in Bentota

Shopping · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Chennai, India

— 1 night

Detroit of South Asia

Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): stop by Cane and Bamboo, then buy something for everyone on your list at Express Avenue Mall, then enjoy the sand and surf at Marina Beach, and finally browse the exhibits of M.Rm.Rm. Cultural Foundation.

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You can fly from Bentota to Chennai in 6 hours. While traveling from Bentota, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Chennai, ranging from highs of 43°C to lows of 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Chennai

Shopping · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Mahabalipuram, India

— 2 nights
Once an important sea port city in the ancient Pallava kingdom, Mahabalipuram today draws in visitors with UNESCO-listed monuments and temples carved out of rock during the 7th and 8th centuries CE. The structures showcase the decoration and form of early Dravidian architecture, and their distinctive designs, striking coloration, and scale still create an evocative atmosphere when studied closely and when seen as a whole.
On the 8th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Tiger Cave, look for gifts at Jewel Mount., and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shore Temple. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Mahishasuramardini Cave, then delve into the distant past at Monuments at Mahabalipuram, and then get to know the resident critters at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology.

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You can drive from Chennai to Mahabalipuram in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In May, daytime highs in Mahabalipuram are 43°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

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.