9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Sigiriya
— 1 night
2
Kandy
— 1 night
3
Nuwara Eliya
— 1 night
4
Mirissa
— 2 nights
5
Galle
— 2 nights
6
Colombo
— 1 night

1
night
Sigiriya

Sigiriya ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): don't miss a visit to Sigiriya and then make a trip to Pidurangala Rock.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Sigiriya trip itinerary planning site.

Bengaluru, India to Sigiriya is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

1
night
Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): don't miss a visit to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, thendon't miss a visit to Kandy view point, and finally admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kandy planner.

You can drive from Sigiriya to Kandy in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

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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.
On the 3rd (Fri), explore the activities along Kande-ela Reservoir and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Horton Plains National Park.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Nuwara Eliya trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Mirissa.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Kande-ela Reservoir ©
Kande-ela Reservoir

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Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Mirissa trip site.

Getting from Nuwara Eliya to Mirissa by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January in Mirissa, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Galle.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Snake Farm
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Snake Farm ©
Snake Farm

2
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Galle Fort and Scuba & Snorkeling. Get out of town with these interesting Galle side-trips: Bentota Beach (in Bentota), Kowilawatta Temple (in Balapitiya) and Hikkaduwa (Community Tsunami Museum & Hikkaduwa Beach). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, stop by Lak Gems & Jewellery, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Galle online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Mirissa to Galle takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. January in Galle sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Colombo.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Bentota Beach, Kowilawatta Temple
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach

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Colombo

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, stroll around Galle Face Green, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple.

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

Traveling by car from Galle to Colombo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Safaris
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

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