9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru
Fly + Taxi:  8 h
1
Sigiriya
— 1 night
Drive:  30 min
2
Dambulla
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Nuwara Eliya
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  4 h
5
Mirissa
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
6
Hikkaduwa
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h
7
Bentota
— 1 day
Train:  1 h 30 min
8
Colombo
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h
End: Bengaluru

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 25th (Tue), look for gifts at Lanka Silks.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Sigiriya travel planner .

Bengaluru, India to Sigiriya is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Shopping
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Lanka Silks ©
Lanka Silks

1
day
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Painting Conservation & Research Center, Painting Museum and then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Dambulla trip itinerary planning app .

Dambulla is very close to Sigiriya. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Dambulla

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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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 27th (Thu), explore the activities along Kandy Lake, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then look for gifts at Jayamali Batiks Studio, and finally stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kandy day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Dambulla to Kandy takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Kandy

Shopping Historic Sites Parks
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

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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 28th (Fri): experience rural life at Bluefield Tea Gardens and then stop by Mackwoods Tea Centre.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Nuwara Eliya attractions planning site .

You can drive from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Shopping
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Bluefield Tea Gardens ©
Bluefield Tea Gardens

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night
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then stroll through Mirissa Beach.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Mirissa trip builder app .

Getting from Nuwara Eliya to Mirissa by combination of taxi and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In February in Mirissa, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa ©
One of the most scenic beach resorts in Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa features a number of long white sand beaches with palm trees and gentle waves.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): stroll through Hikkaduwa Beach and then stroll through Jungle Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon): browse the exhibits of EXOTIC ROOTS, contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, and then stop by Orchid House.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Hikkaduwa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mirissa to Hikkaduwa takes 1.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Hikkaduwa can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Bentota.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Galle, Jungle Beach
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Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

1
day
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): stroll through Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center, stroll through Sea Turtle Protection Association, and then learn something new at Dara Gems & Jewellery.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Bentota driving holiday tool .

Drive from Hikkaduwa to Bentota in an hour. In March in Bentota, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Colombo.

Things to do in Bentota

Shopping Classes Parks

Side Trips

Dara Gems & Jewellery, Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center
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night
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.
On the 4th (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum, look for gifts at Barefoot, then look for gifts at Stone 'N' String, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Colombo online driving holiday planner .

You can take a train from Bentota to Colombo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, daily temperatures in Colombo can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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Stone 'N' String ©
Stone 'N' String
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum

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