9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Fly
1
Unawatuna
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive
4
Dambulla
— 2 nights
Taxi to Colombo, Fly to Riyadh

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Unawatuna

Palm-fringed beaches with golden sand, turquoise water, and a colorful coral reef are enough to draw any beachgoer to Unawatuna, but there's plenty to do off the beach here as well.
Explore Unawatuna's surroundings by going to Mirissa (Mirissa Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching, &more) and Hikkaduwa (Community Tsunami Museum & Hikkaduwa Beach). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, look for gifts at Made In Ceylon, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Unawatuna Devol Devalaya.

For reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Unawatuna itinerary maker tool.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Unawatuna is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Arabian Standard Time (AST) to India Standard Time (IST) is 2.5 hours. Traveling from Riyadh in December, things will get a bit warmer in Unawatuna: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

2
nights
Ella

The relaxing hilltop village of Ella benefits from a more temperate climate than much of the rest of country thanks to its high elevation.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): stop by R. M. S Antique And Brassware, take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, then don't miss a visit to Nine Arches Bridge, and finally learn and have fun at Honey Bee Garden. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, and then indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Ella trip planner.

Drive from Unawatuna to Ella in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Classes · Tours

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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 29th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Royal Botanical Gardens, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, then stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kandy trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Ella to Kandy takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

2
nights
Dambulla

On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
On the 30th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, then don't miss a visit to Sigiriya Fortress, and then view the masterpieces at Pethikada. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Dambulla Cave Temple and then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Dambulla trip itinerary site.

Drive from Kandy to Dambulla in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Sri Lanka travel guide

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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.