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:  9​h
1
Ella
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  2​h 15​min
2
Unawatuna
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
3
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Dambulla
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Mumbai

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, and then snap pictures at Demodara Nine Arch Bridge.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Ella road trip planning app .

Mumbai, India to Ella is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Ella

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

2
nights
Unawatuna

On the 16th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Galle Fort and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Japanese Peace Pagoda, then stroll through Jungle Beach, then look for gifts at Lak Gems & Jewellery, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Bentota Beach.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Unawatuna trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Ella to Unawatuna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Bentota Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Galle Fort
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle 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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens.

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You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Unawatuna to Kandy in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

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

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dambulla: Anuradhapura (Ruwanwelisaya & Mihintale), Pinnawala (Pinnawala Handicrafts Emporium & Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage) and Pidurangala Rock (in Sigiriya). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Golden Temple of Dambulla, don't miss a visit to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, look for all kinds of wild species at Dhilip De Alwis, and explore the ancient world of Sigiriya.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Dambulla itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Kandy to Dambulla in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Habarana, Pinnawala, Anuradhapura
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

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