9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Shimla
Fly + taxi:  13​h 30​min
1
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
2
Arugam Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Ella
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Galle
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  1​h
5
Kandy
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h
6
Colombo
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Shimla

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Ancient City of Sigiriya. On the next day, make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, then look for all kinds of wild species at Dhilip De Alwis, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Golden Temple of Dambulla, and finally see the interesting displays at Pethikada.

For maps and other tourist information, refer to the Sigiriya online tour itinerary builder .

Shimla, India to Sigiriya is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of taxi, train, and flight. You can also do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Dhilip De Alwis, Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

1
night
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kudumbigala Monastery, then visit a coastal fixture at Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, then explore the activities along Arugam Bay, and finally look for gifts at Rice & Carry Bags Shop.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Arugam Bay driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Sigiriya to Arugam Bay takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In July in Arugam Bay, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Historic Sites Shopping Parks
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Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, and then take in the views from Demodara Nine Arch Bridge.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Ella fast, fun, and easy.

You can drive from Arugam Bay to Ella in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Ella, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge

1
night
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 8th (Mon): kick back and relax at Mihiripenna Beach, kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, and then steep yourself in history at Galle Fort.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Galle trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Ella to Galle takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Galle, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 31°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Unawatuna
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Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Mihiripenna Beach ©
Mihiripenna Beach

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 9th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, appreciate the history behind Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, then explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kandy travel planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Galle to Kandy takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): make a trip to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, view the masterpieces at Ganeshism Studio Gallery, then walk around Galle Face Green, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Urban Island and then see the interesting displays at Colombo National Museum.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Colombo road trip planner .

You can fly from Kandy to Colombo in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. July in Colombo sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 31°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

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