9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Arugam Bay
— 3 nights
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— 1 night
— 2 nights
Taxi to Habarana, Train to Colombo


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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock and then take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, and then take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge.

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Colombo to Ella is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Ella can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Arugam Bay.
Parks · Nature · Classes

Arugam Bay — 3 nights

Spend the 10th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Arugam Bay journey planner.

You can drive from Ella to Arugam Bay in 3 hours. July in Arugam Bay sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kandy.
Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
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Kandy — 1 night

Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, then stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kandy road trip planner.

Getting from Arugam Bay to Kandy by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Anuradhapura.
Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature
Side Trip

Anuradhapura — 1 night

Explore the well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sri Lankan civilization and its former capital at Anuradhapura, a World Heritage Site and erstwhile center of Theravada Buddhism set amidst peaceful green parks.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ruwanwelisaya and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mihintale.

For traveler tips and tourist information, you can read our Anuradhapura visit planner.

You can drive from Kandy to Anuradhapura in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, taxi, and train; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can drive to Dambulla.
Historic Sites

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.
On the 15th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pidurangala Royal Cave Temple and then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, then make a trip to Sigiriya Fortress, and then explore the galleries of Pethikada.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Dambulla trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Anuradhapura to Dambulla by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel back home.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping
Side Trip

Sri Lanka travel guide

Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Nature & Parks
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.