9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Colombo
Train:  1​h 45​min
1
Dambulla
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  2​h
2
Unawatuna
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2​h 15​min
3
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Arugam Bay
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Kandy
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h
End: Colombo

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 6th (Sun), delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, then take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada, and then see the interesting displays at Sigiriya Museum. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Dhilip De Alwis, then make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, then don't miss a visit to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Golden Temple of Dambulla.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Dambulla day trip planning website .

Colombo to Dambulla is an approximately 2-hour train ride. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Unawatuna

On the 8th (Tue), get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then contemplate the long history of Galle Fort. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Bentota Beach, stop by Lak Gems & Jewellery, then kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, and finally make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Unawatuna journey planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Dambulla to Unawatuna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in October, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Ella.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Galle Fort, Bentota Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, and then snap pictures at Demodara Nine Arch Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden, take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, and then trek along Nature Trail Ella.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Ella trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Unawatuna to Ella takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

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

2
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
On the 12th (Sat), look for gifts at Rice & Carry Bags Shop, then explore the activities along Arugam Bay, then enjoy the sea views from Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kudumbigala Monastery. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Magul Maha Viharaya, explore the ancient world of Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, make a trip to Muhudu Maha Vihara, then explore the activities along Pottuvil Lagoon, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

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Traveling by car from Ella to Arugam Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Magul Maha Viharaya
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Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Pottuvil Lagoon ©
Pottuvil Lagoon
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kandy trip site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Arugam Bay to Kandy takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

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

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