9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Colombo
— Few hours
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kandy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Nuwara Eliya
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Udawalawa
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Yala National Park
— 1 day
bus:  5​h 15​min
6
Mirissa
— 1 night
train:  45​min
7
Unawatuna
— 1 day
Drive:  15​min
8
Galle
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
9
Hikkaduwa
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
10
Bentota
— Few hours
taxi + Fly:  1​h 30​min
11
Negombo
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h
End: Kuala Lumpur

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Colombo

Colombo ©
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, then make a trip to Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Anthony's Church Kochikade Colombo.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Colombo journey site

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Colombo is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time to India Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in December, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Historic Sites
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Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
St Anthony's Shrine ©
St Anthony's Shrine
Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque ©
Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque

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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 15th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then stroll the grounds of Commonwealth War Cemetery, and finally admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kandy trip planner

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Colombo to Kandy in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can go by car to Nuwara Eliya.

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

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Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya ©
Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Nuwara Eliya Golf Course. Change things up with these side-trips from Nuwara Eliya: Demodara Loop (in Ella), Horton Plains National Park (in Ohiya) and Dunhinda Falls (in Badulla).

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Nuwara Eliya trip planner

Drive from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya in 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Udawalawa.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Outdoors Golf Nature

Side Trips

Dunhinda Falls, Demodara Loop
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Nuwara Eliya Golf Course ©
Nuwara Eliya Golf Course
Dunhinda Falls ©
Dunhinda Falls
Demodara Loop ©
Demodara Loop

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night
Udawalawa

Udawalawa
To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Udawalawa route maker app

Getting from Nuwara Eliya to Udawalawa by car takes about 4 hours. In December, daytime highs in Udawalawa are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. You'll set off for Yala National Park on the 19th (Tue).

Things to do in Udawalawa

Wildlife Parks Nature
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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.
For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Yala National Park route maker site

Explore your travel options from Udawalawa to Yala National Park with the Route module. On the 19th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sithulpawwa Rock Temple
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Sithulpawwa Rock Temple ©
Sithulpawwa Rock Temple

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Mirissa

Mirissa
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Mirissa trip itinerary planner

You can take a bus from Yala National Park to Mirissa in 5.5 hours. You'll set off for Unawatuna on the 20th (Wed).

Things to do in Mirissa

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): kick back and relax at Unawatuna Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Jungle Beach.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Unawatuna tour itinerary builder website

Drive from Mirissa to Unawatuna in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

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Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Galle online trip planner

Galle is just a stone's throw from Unawatuna. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can go by car to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Galle

Shopping
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Luv SL Galle ©
Luv SL Galle

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Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa
One of the most scenic beach resorts in Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa features a number of long white sand beaches with palm trees and gentle waves.
For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Hikkaduwa online trip itinerary builder

Hikkaduwa is just a stone's throw from Galle. On the 21st (Thu), you're off toBentota.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center, then identify plant and animal life at Kosgoda Turtle Care, and then stroll through Bentota Beach.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Bentota trip planner

You can drive from Hikkaduwa to Bentota in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Bentota can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Negombo.

Things to do in Bentota

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Kosgoda
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach

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Negombo

Negombo ©
Located close to the international airport, Negombo has a reputation for being either the first or last taste of the country for visitors.
For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Negombo trip itinerary maker

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Bentota to Negombo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 27°C. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Negombo

Historic Sites Shopping
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LUV SL Negombo ©
LUV SL Negombo

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