9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Colombo
Fly + Taxi:  1 h 45 min
1
Nuwara Eliya
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Hatton
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Wellawaya
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Ella
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
5
Ampara
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Kalkudah
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
Trincomalee
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
8
Habarana
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 30 min
End: Colombo

1
day
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 21st (Sat), contemplate the waterfront views at Kande-ela Reservoir, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Horton Plains National Park, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Swarnagiri Maha Viharaya.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Nuwara Eliya travel route planner .

Colombo to Nuwara Eliya is an approximately 2-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Hatton.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Swarnagiri Maha Viharaya ©
Swarnagiri Maha Viharaya
Kande-ela Reservoir ©
Kande-ela Reservoir

1
night
Hatton

Hatton ©
Hatton is a town in the Nuwara Eliya District of Central Province, Sri Lanka governed by the Hatton-Dickoya Urban Council. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): stop by Mlesna Tea Castle, explore the activities along Castlereagh Reservoir, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Warleigh Church.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Hatton trip itinerary planning app .

Drive from Nuwara Eliya to Hatton in 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Wellawaya.

Things to do in Hatton

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Warleigh Church, Mlesna Tea Castle
Highlights from your plan
Castlereagh Reservoir ©
Castlereagh Reservoir
Warleigh Church ©
Warleigh Church
Mlesna Tea Castle ©
Mlesna Tea Castle

1
night
Wellawaya

Wellawaya ©
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): pause for some photo ops at Buduruwagala, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Elle Wala Waterfall.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Wellawaya online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Hatton to Wellawaya in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Ella.

Things to do in Wellawaya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Buduruwagala
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Elle Wala Waterfall ©
Elle Wala Waterfall
Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya ©
Buduruwagala ©
Buduruwagala

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 24th (Tue), explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, and then learn more about the world around you at R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Ella attractions planner.

You can drive from Wellawaya to Ella in an hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Ampara.

Things to do in Ella

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

1
night
Ampara

Ampara
Ampara is the main town of Ampara District, governed by an Urban Council. On the 25th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Crocodile Rock and then explore the striking landscape of Gal Oya National Park - The Crossing.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Ampara trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Ella to Ampara takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kalkudah.

Things to do in Ampara

Parks Nature Outdoors

1
night
Kalkudah

Kalkudah ©
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): make a trip to Coconut Cultural Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at Passikudah Beach.

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

Traveling by car from Ampara to Kalkudah takes 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Kalkudah

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Passikudah Beach ©
Passikudah Beach
Coconut Cultural Park ©
Coconut Cultural Park

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 27th (Fri): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Trincomalee trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Kalkudah to Trincomalee in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Habarana.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Shark Diving
Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple ©
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple

2
nights
Habarana

Habarana ©
Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
On the 28th (Sat), delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, then stroll through Dhilip De Alwis, and then get to know the fascinating history of Polonnaruwa.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Habarana trip planner .

Drive from Trincomalee to Habarana in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Habarana

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Golden Temple of Dambulla, Polonnaruwa
Highlights from your plan
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa

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