9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru
Fly + Taxi:  7​h
1
Sigiriya
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Nuwara Eliya
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Mirissa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Galle
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
6
Colombo
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Bengaluru

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): explore the ancient world of Sigiriya and then don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Sigiriya day trip planner.

Bengaluru, India to Sigiriya is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive 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): take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, then don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Kandy travel planner.

You can drive from Sigiriya to Kandy in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to 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

1
night
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 tour the pleasant surroundings at Horton Plains National Park.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Nuwara Eliya trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya takes 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

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

2
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
On the 4th (Sat), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then stroll through Mirissa Beach.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Mirissa journey maker tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Nuwara Eliya to Mirissa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Mirissa are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. 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
Snake Farm ©
Snake Farm
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Kids will enjoy Jungle Beach and Bentota Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Kowilawatta Temple (in Balapitiya) and Hikkaduwa (Community Tsunami Museum & Hikkaduwa Beach). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, look for gifts at Lak Gems & Jewellery, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Galle trip itinerary builder app .

Drive from Mirissa to Galle in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January, daytime highs in Galle are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can take a train to Colombo.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

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

1
night
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 8th (Wed), see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then walk around Galle Face Green, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple.

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Getting from Galle to Colombo by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

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

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