9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Hyderabad
Fly:  5​h
1
Colombo
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  3​h
2
Ella
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Nuwara Eliya
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Trincomalee
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Sigiriya
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
7
Dambulla
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  7​h
End: Hyderabad

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.
Take a break from Colombo with a short trip to Bentota Beach in Bentota, about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, examine the collection at Colombo National Museum, and look for gifts at Salie's Fine Jewelry & Gem Stones.

For more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Colombo day trip site .

Hyderabad, India to Colombo is an approximately 5-hour flight. Traveling from Hyderabad in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 27°C in Colombo. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Ella.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Bentota Beach
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Safaris

1
night
Ella

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.
On the 22nd (Wed), take in the views from Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, then admire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden, and finally get a new perspective on nature at R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Ella trip itinerary builder site .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Colombo to Ella in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arch Bridge ©
Nine Arch Bridge
Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Hakgala Botanic Gardens, then explore the striking landscape of Horton Plains National Park, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kande-ela Reservoir.

To find out how to plan a trip to Nuwara Eliya, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Ella to Nuwara Eliya by car takes about 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Hakgala Botanic Gardens ©
Hakgala Botanic Gardens
Kande-ela Reservoir ©
Kande-ela Reservoir

1
night
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 24th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Royal Botanical Gardens, then examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally explore the activities along Kandy Lake.

To find other places to visit and more tourist information, go to the Kandy day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nuwara Eliya to Kandy takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

1
night
Trincomalee

A center of Tamil culture and language, Trincomalee suffered greatly during the 30-year civil war, but the troubles haven't dimmed the natural and cultural charms of the place.
On the 25th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Trincomalee trip planner .

You can drive from Kandy to Trincomalee in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Shark Diving
Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple ©
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple

1
night
Sigiriya

Sigiriya ©
The historic rock of the same name dominates the landscape of World Heritage-listed Sigiriya, where the steep and striking lava plug contains the ruins of an ancient empire.
On the 26th (Sun), make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, stop by Sigiriya Craft Village, and then delve into the distant past at Sigiriya.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Sigiriya road trip planning app .

You can drive from Trincomalee to Sigiriya in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Shopping
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

1
night
Dambulla

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 27th (Mon), soar above the sights with a balloon tour, make a trip to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, and then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Dambulla route planner .

Dambulla is very close to Sigiriya. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dambulla

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs ©
Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs

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