9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Colombo
1
Colombo
— 1 night
Fly:  1 h
2
Kandy
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h
3
Galle
— 4 nights
Fly + Taxi:  3 h 30 min
4
Ella
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 45 min
End: Colombo

1
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, then examine the collection at Colombo National Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Borella All Saints Church, and finally admire the masterpieces at Ranjiths Carving and Batik Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Negombo Beach, explore the galleries of Ganeshism Studio Gallery, then take an in-depth tour of The Bandaranaike Museum, and finally stop by Salie's Fine Jewelry & Gem Stones.

To see where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Colombo online trip itinerary planner .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Colombo. February in Colombo sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Museums Shopping Beaches

Side Trips

Negombo Beach, Ranjiths Carving and Batik Museum
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Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach

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nights
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 16th (Sun), examine the collection at Ceylon Tea Museum, don't miss a visit to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asgiriya Maha Viharaya, and finally explore the activities along Kandy Lake. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at World Buddhist Museum, then examine the collection at Kandy Brasswear Village, then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Sriya & Daya Curio Shop, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kandy attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Colombo to Kandy takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Museums Parks 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

4
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Visit Galle Fort and Naga Viharaya for their historical value. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Jungle Beach and Hikkaduwa Beach. Explore Galle's surroundings by going to Bentota Beach (in Bentota), Kowilawatta Temple (in Balapitiya) and Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching). There's much more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Tsunami Photo Museum, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, look for gifts at Lak Gems & Jewellery, and enjoy the sand and surf at Mihiripenna Beach.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Galle tour itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Galle in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In February, daily temperatures in Galle can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Ella.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Mirissa, Bentota Beach, Kowilawatta Temple
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

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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 22nd (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, and then get a new perspective on nature at R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Ella online trip builder .

Getting from Galle to Ella by combination of flight and taxi takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ella

Nature Parks Shopping
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

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