9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka trip maker

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Kandy
— 1 day
Drive
2
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Drive
4
Ella
— 1 night
Drive
5
Unawatuna
— 2 nights
Fly

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Kandy

— 1 day
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): explore the activities along Kandy Lake, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens.

To find traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Kandy trip itinerary planner.

Alexandria, Egypt to Kandy is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll lose 3.5 hours traveling from Alexandria to Kandy due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Sigiriya

— 2 nights
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 (Wed), make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, stroll through Dhilip De Alwis, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Golden Temple of Dambulla. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Sigiriya online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Kandy to Sigiriya in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Udawalawe National Park

— 1 night
One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Udawalawe National Park.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Udawalawe National Park tour builder tool.

You can drive from Sigiriya to Udawalawe National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of flight and taxi. In September, daytime highs in Udawalawe National Park are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife · Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Ella

— 1 night
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 28th (Sat), explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock and then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, read Ella online tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Udawalawe National Park to Ella takes 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Ella

Nature · Parks

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 29th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Japanese Peace Pagoda, then kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, and then kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Hikkaduwa Beach and then contemplate the long history of Galle Fort.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Unawatuna trip maker app.

You can drive from Ella to Unawatuna in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sri Lanka travel guide

4.2
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.