9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Galle
— 2 nights
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Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Ella
— 1 night
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Dambulla
— 2 nights
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Kandy
— 2 nights
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Galle — 2 nights

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Explore Galle's surroundings by going to Bentota Beach (in Bentota), Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa) and Kowilawatta Temple (in Balapitiya). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, look for gifts at Made In Ceylon, kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery.

For where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Galle online attractions planner.

Jaipur, India to Galle is an approximately 8-hour flight. While traveling from Jaipur, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Galle, ranging from highs of 37°C to lows of 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Udawalawe National Park.
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Udawalawe National Park — 1 night

One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
On the 8th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Udawalawe National Park.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Udawalawe National Park trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Galle to Udawalawe National Park in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Ella.
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Ella — 1 night

The relaxing hilltop village of Ella benefits from a more temperate climate than much of the rest of country thanks to its high elevation.
On the 9th (Mon), savor the flavors at Honey Bee Garden, take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, and then take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Ella tour itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Udawalawe National Park to Ella takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Dambulla.
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Dambulla — 2 nights

On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, then don't miss a visit to Sigiriya Fortress, then view the masterpieces at Pethikada, and finally stroll through Dhilip De Alwis. On the next day, learn the tricks of the trade with Euphoria Spice and Herbal, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, and finally don't miss a visit to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs.

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

You can drive from Ella to Dambulla in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kandy.
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Kandy — 2 nights

Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
On the 12th (Thu), admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, then make a trip to Kandy view point, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Degaldoruwa Temple, look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Asgiri Maha Vihara pirivena.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kandy online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Dambulla to Kandy takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.
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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.
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