9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Athens
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  17​h
1
Kandy
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
2
Unawatuna
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
3
Ella
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Dambulla
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Athens

2
nights
Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Take a break from Kandy with a short trip to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala, about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, look for gifts at Earth Bound Creations Showroom, and stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kandy visit website .

Athens, Greece to Kandy is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Athens to Kandy is 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Knuckles Forest Reserve, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, 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

2
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Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirissa Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax in the rural setting at Nandana Tea Factory, then contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, and then stroll through Jungle Beach.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Unawatuna vacation planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Unawatuna in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Ella.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Mirissa, Nandana Tea Factory, Galle Fort, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery
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Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort

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.
On the 17th (Fri), look for gifts at Ella Gem & Jewelry, take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, then take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden, then snap pictures at Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, and finally get a new perspective on nature at R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Ella trip app .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Unawatuna to Ella in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge
Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden

2
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Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
On the 18th (Sat), explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, look for all kinds of wild species at Dhilip De Alwis, and then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla.

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Getting from Ella to Dambulla by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Dhilip De Alwis, Sigiriya, Euphoria Spice and Herbal
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Euphoria Spice and Herbal ©
Euphoria Spice and Herbal

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