9 days in Kandy & Nuwara Eliya Itinerary

9 days in Kandy & Nuwara Eliya Itinerary

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9 days in Kandy & Nuwara Eliya Itinerary

Start: Colombo
Fly + taxi:  1​h
1
Kandy
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Nuwara Eliya
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 45​min
End: Colombo

4
nights
Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Get in touch with nature at Victoria Golf & Country Resort and Kandy Lake. Explore Kandy's surroundings by going to Pinnawala (Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage & Pinnawala Handicrafts Emporium) and Millennium Elephant Foundation (in Kegalle). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, examine the collection at Raja Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Knuckles Mountain Range, and don't miss a visit to Royal Palace of Kandy.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kandy sightseeing planner .

Colombo to Kandy is an approximately 1-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Pinnawala, Knuckles Mountain Range, Royal Botanical Gardens, Victoria Golf & Country Resort, Millennium Elephant Foundation
Highlights from your plan
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake
Millennium Elephant Foundation ©
Millennium Elephant Foundation

4
nights
Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya ©
Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
Visiting Horton Plains National Park and Horton Plains National Park will get you outdoors. Explore Nuwara Eliya's surroundings by going to Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail (in Ohiya) and Ella (Ravana Ella Falls & Little Adam's Peak). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Gregory Lake and delve into the lush surroundings at Galway's Land National Park.

Before you visit Nuwara Eliya, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya by car takes about 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Ella, Ohiya
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park

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