9 days in Colombo, Kandy & Nuwara Eliya Itinerary

9 days in Colombo, Kandy & Nuwara Eliya Itinerary

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9 days in Colombo, Kandy & Nuwara Eliya Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  8​h
1
Colombo
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h
2
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Nuwara Eliya
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Dubai

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): examine the collection at Colombo National Museum and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Colombo day trip site .

Dammam, Saudi Arabia to Colombo is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Dammam to Colombo is 2 hours. Traveling from Dammam in December, expect nights in Colombo to be much warmer, around 28°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 36°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum

2
nights
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 6th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll the grounds of Kandy War Cemetery, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then see the interesting displays at World Buddhist Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at Raja Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Kandy online holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Colombo to Kandy takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©

4
nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to R. M. S Antique And Brassware and Ramboda Waterfall. Get in touch with nature at St Clair's Falls and Horton Plains National Park. Explore Nuwara Eliya's surroundings by going to Ella (Spas & Honey Bee Garden), Warleigh Church (in Dickoya) and Dhowa Rock Temple (in Badulla). It doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Devon Falls and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Swarnagiri Maha Viharaya.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Nuwara Eliya road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ella, Warleigh Church, Dhowa Rock Temple, Ramboda Waterfall
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Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden
Ramboda Waterfall ©
Ramboda Waterfall
St Clair's Falls ©
St Clair's Falls

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