9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Riyadh
Fly:  7 h 15 min
1
Colombo
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h
2
Kandy
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h
3
Galle
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Bentota
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  7 h 15 min
End: Riyadh

2
nights
Colombo

Colombo ©
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Negombo Beach, take an in-depth tour of The Bandaranaike Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, and finally walk around Galle Face Green. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum, explore the galleries of Ganeshism Studio Gallery, and then make a trip to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Colombo trip planner .

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Colombo is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Arabia Standard Time (AST) to India Standard Time (IST) is 2 hours. When traveling from Riyadh in August, plan for cooler days in Colombo, with highs around 36°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Negombo Beach
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Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

3
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.
Step out of Kandy to go to Pinnawala and see Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy War Cemetery, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and squeeze the most out of the city with City Tours.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kandy online trip itinerary maker .

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 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

2
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda, stroll through Jungle Beach, then look for gifts at Lak Gems & Jewellery, then contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Pilgrims Lounge Chrishtopher Handicraft and Paint Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Sinharaja Forest Reserve.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Galle road trip website .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Galle takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Galle are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Bentota.

Things to do in Galle

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Unawatuna
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Sinharaja Forest Reserve ©
Sinharaja Forest Reserve
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

1
night
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
On the 16th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then stroll through Bentota Beach.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Bentota online trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Galle to Bentota in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bentota

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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