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.
Step out of Colombo with an excursion to Bentota Beach in Bentota--about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, stroll around Galle Face Green, and look for gifts at Salie's Fine Jewelry & Gem Stones.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Colombo trip planner.

Hyderabad, India to Colombo is an approximately 5-hour flight. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Hyderabad in January since evenings lows in Colombo dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time 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), make a trip to Nine Arch Bridge, then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, then admire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden, and finally learn more about the world around you at R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

To find more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Ella trip planner.

Getting from Colombo to Ella by combination of flight and taxi takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough 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.
On the 23rd (Thu), take in nature's colorful creations at Hakgala Botanic Gardens, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Horton Plains National Park, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kande-ela Reservoir.

To find reviews, maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Nuwara Eliya online attractions planner .

Drive from Ella to Nuwara Eliya in 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car 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.
On the 24th (Fri), make a trip to Royal Botanical Gardens, see the interesting displays at World Buddhist Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kandy trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Nuwara Eliya to Kandy by car takes about 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Trincomalee trip planning site .

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

Things to do in Trincomalee

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, then don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, and then stop by Rawana Spice & Herbal Garden.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Sigiriya trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Trincomalee to Sigiriya in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to 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), enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, don't miss a visit to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Dambulla trip itinerary builder.

Dambulla is just a stone's throw from Sigiriya. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dambulla

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

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