9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  16 h 30 min
1
Negombo
— 1 night
train:  10 h
2
Ella
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Mirissa
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h
4
Galle
— 1 day
Train:  2 h
5
Colombo
— 1 night
Fly:  26 h 30 min
End: Johannesburg

1
night
Negombo

Negombo ©
Located close to the international airport, Negombo has a reputation for being either the first or last taste of the country for visitors.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): stroll through Negombo Beach and then stop by DIANA Souvenirs.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Negombo trip itinerary planning website.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Negombo is an approximately 15.5- hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3.5 hours traveling from Johannesburg to Negombo. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Negombo when traveling from Johannesburg in December, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ella.

Things to do in Negombo

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach

1
night
Ella

Ella ©
The relaxing hilltop village of Ella benefits from a more temperate climate than much of the rest of country thanks to its high elevation.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Ella route planning tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Negombo to Ella takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Spas Nature
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden
Spas

3
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): look for gifts at LAZY.RIDE, kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Medawatta Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Polhena Beach, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Mirissa trip site.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Ella to Mirissa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. December in Mirissa sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Mirissa

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Side Trip

Matara
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Polhena Beach ©
Polhena Beach

1
day
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
On the 17th (Tue), kick back and relax at Dalawella Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya, then kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fort Shri Sudarmalaya Buddhist Temple.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Galle tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Mirissa to Galle takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December in Galle, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Colombo.

Things to do in Galle

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Jungle Beach
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Dalawella Beach ©
Dalawella Beach
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya ©
Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya

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Colombo

Colombo ©
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
On the 18th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Lavinia Beach and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bellanwila Raja Maha Viharaya.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Colombo online road trip planner.

You can take a train from Galle to Colombo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Colombo are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Bellanwila Raja Maha Viharaya
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Mount Lavinia Beach ©
Mount Lavinia Beach
Bellanwila Raja Maha Viharaya ©
Bellanwila Raja Maha Viharaya

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