9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Fly
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Galle
— 1 night
Fly
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Kandy
— 1 night
Drive
3
Dambulla
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Colombo
— 1 night
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Galle — 1 night

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
On the 5th (Wed), stop by Cara Jewellers. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Galle is an approximately 9-hour flight. The time zone changes from Arabian Standard Time (AST) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a 2.5 hour difference. Traveling from Riyadh in October, you will find days in Galle are little chillier (36°C), and nights are about the same (29°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Kandy.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kandy online road trip planner.

You can fly from Galle to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow 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.
On the 8th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Pidurangala Royal Cave Temple and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Golden Temple of Dambulla. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, then delve into the distant past at Sigiriya Fortress, and then view the masterpieces at Pethikada.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Dambulla online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Kandy to Dambulla by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.
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Ella — 2 nights

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 10th (Mon), take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock and then take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls. On the next day, take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden, then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, and then look for gifts at VIBE store.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Ella online trip maker.

You can drive from Dambulla to Ella in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) 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 12th (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Udawalawe National Park online route builder.

Traveling by car from Ella to Udawalawe National Park takes 2.5 hours. October in Udawalawe National Park sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Colombo.
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Colombo — 1 night

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 13th (Thu), get engrossed in the history at Colombo National Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, and then stroll around Galle Face Green.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Colombo trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Udawalawe National Park to Colombo in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Sri Lanka travel guide

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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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