9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly + taxi:  7​h 30​min
1
Galle
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h
2
Kandy
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  2​h
3
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Ella
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Yala National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
6
Dambulla
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Mumbai

2
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
On the 26th (Thu), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Jungle Beach, and then contemplate the long history of Galle Fort. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Hikkaduwa Beach, stop by Lak Gems & Jewellery, and then stroll through Mirissa Beach.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Galle trip builder app .

Mumbai, India to Galle is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. Traveling from Mumbai in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Galle, with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Mirissa Beach, Hikkaduwa Beach
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Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach

1
night
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 28th (Sat), explore the activities along Kandy Lake, then steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then make a trip to Kandy view point, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kandy planning website .

Getting from Galle to Kandy by combination of taxi and flight takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

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

1
night
Udawalawe National Park

Udawalawe National Park ©
One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
On the 29th (Sun), stroll through Udawalawe National Park.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Udawalawe National Park planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Udawalawe National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In December in Udawalawe National Park, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Udawalawe National Park ©
Udawalawe 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 30th (Mon): take in the views from Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, and then admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Ella trip planner .

Drive from Udawalawe National Park to Ella in 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge
Ravana Ella Falls ©
Ravana Ella Falls

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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Yala National Park trip maker site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ella to Yala National Park. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Parks Nature
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park

2
nights
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): don't miss a visit to Sigiriya, stroll through Dhilip De Alwis, and then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla. Keep things going the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, and then appreciate the history behind Avukana Buddha Statue.

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Getting from Yala National Park to Dambulla by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Habarana, Sigiriya, Avukana Buddha Statue
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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