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:  1 h
1
Kandy
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h 15 min
2
Unawatuna
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
3
Yala National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
4
Ella
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 45 min
End: Colombo

3
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kandy: Euphoria Spice and Herbal (in Matale), Pinnawala (Pinnawala Handicrafts Emporium & Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage) and Sigiriya (Sigiriya & Pidurangala Rock). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, tour the pleasant surroundings at Royal Botanical Gardens, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kandy online trip planner .

Colombo to Kandy is an approximately 1-hour flight. You can also do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Pinnawala, Sigiriya, Balloon Rides, Royal Botanical Gardens, Euphoria Spice and Herbal
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

3
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Family-friendly places like Jungle Beach and Mihiripenna Beach will thrill your kids. Explore Unawatuna's surroundings by going to Mirissa Beach (in Mirissa), Bentota Beach (in Bentota) and Sea Turtle Hatchery (in Ambalangoda).

Discover how to plan a Unawatuna trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Unawatuna in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Bentota Beach, Mirissa Beach, Galle Fort, Sea Turtle Hatchery
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Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach

1
night
Yala National Park

Yala National Park ©
One of the most popular national parks in the country, Yala National Park boasts a wide variety of animals, and does important work in conserving and growing populations.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park.

For traveler tips, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Yala National Park day trip planner .

You can fly from Unawatuna to Yala National Park in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in March, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Ella.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): learn more about the world around you at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, learn and have fun at Honey Bee Garden, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, and finally make a trip to Nine Arch Bridge.

Before you visit Ella, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yala National Park to Ella. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arch Bridge ©
Nine Arch Bridge
Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden

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