9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Fly to Colombo, Taxi to Dambulla
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Dambulla
— 1 night
Taxi to Katugastota, Fly to Yala National Park
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Yala National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Unawatuna
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bentota
— 1 night
Drive
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Rekawa
— 1 night
Drive to Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport, Fly to Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport

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Dambulla

— 1 night
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla, and then indulge your taste buds at Dambulla Dedicated Economic Centre.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Dambulla online trip planner.

Mumbai, India to Dambulla is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Dambulla

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks

Yala National Park

— 1 night
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.
To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Yala National Park day trip tool.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Dambulla to Yala National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December in Yala National Park, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. On the 30th (Mon), you'll travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

Unawatuna

— 2 nights
Palm-fringed beaches with golden sand, turquoise water, and a colorful coral reef are enough to draw any beachgoer to Unawatuna, but there's plenty to do off the beach here as well.
On the 31st (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirissa Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Jungle Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Mihiripenna Beach, kick back and relax at Hikkaduwa Beach, and then stroll through Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Unawatuna vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Yala National Park to Unawatuna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and train. In December in Unawatuna, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Bentota.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Bentota

— 1 night
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
On the 2nd (Thu), stroll through Bentota Beach, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then stroll through Sea Turtle Protection Association.

For maps and more tourist information, read our Bentota trip site.

Traveling by car from Unawatuna to Bentota takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Rekawa.

Things to do in Bentota

Parks · Spas · Beaches · Outdoors

Rekawa

— 1 night
A small town with a laidback vibe squeezed between the ocean and the shores of a rich lagoon surrounded by mangroves, Rekawa draws visitors throughout the year with a pioneering turtle conservation project, the most notable tourist attraction in Rekawa.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Bandula Surfing School. On the 3rd (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa), see Bandula Surfing School, and then explore the activities along Tangalle Lagoon. On your second day here, view the masterpieces at Indika Art Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kahandamodara Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Turtle Conservation Project Turtle Watch.

Plan trip to Rekawa with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Bentota to Rekawa takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rekawa

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Sri Lanka travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Nature & Parks
India's Teardrop
Shaped like a teardrop and located just below the southern tip of India, lush Sri Lanka boasts some of the greatest biodiversity in the world. Unless you time your Sri Lanka holiday for monsoon season, you can expect bright blue skies and plenty of sunshine, perfect for exploring tropical forests, historic temples, colonial forts, and many other buildings dating back to Dutch rule. Popular things to do in Sri Lanka include swimming, sailing, and surfing, though a growing number of visitors come here just to eat their way around the country. Greatly influenced by nearby India, the national cuisine also features many elements of European cooking--a result of the Dutch and Portuguese colonial years. Of course, a trip to Sri Lanka would not be complete without a cup of its world-famous Ceylon tea.