9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Colombo
1
Colombo
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
2
Balapitiya
— 1 night
Bus:  45 min
3
Galle
— 1 night
Fly:  1 h
4
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Hatton
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
6
Ella
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
7
Sigiriya
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
End: Colombo

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): stroll around Galle Face Green and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Negombo Beach.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Colombo road trip planning app.

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major aiports are Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport and Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport. In March in Colombo, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Balapitiya.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Negombo Beach
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

1
night
Balapitiya

Balapitiya ©
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ahungalla Beach.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Balapitiya trip planning website.

You can take a train from Colombo to Balapitiya in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Galle.

Things to do in Balapitiya

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Ahungalla Beach, Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center
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Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach

1
night
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Galle Fort.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Galle holiday planning app.

Traveling by bus from Balapitiya to Galle takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In March in Galle, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Historic Sites
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort

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 10th (Tue), admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kandy journey planning website.

You can fly from Galle to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Hatton.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

1
night
Hatton

Hatton ©
Hatton is a town in the Nuwara Eliya District of Central Province, Sri Lanka governed by the Hatton-Dickoya Urban Council. Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Warleigh Church.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Hatton trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Hatton takes 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Hatton

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Warleigh Church
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Warleigh Church ©
Warleigh Church

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 12th (Thu), stop by R. M. S Antique And Brassware and then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Ella online trip planner.

You can drive from Hatton to Ella in 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Ella

Nature Parks Shopping
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak

1
night
Sigiriya

Sigiriya ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at sigiri art gallery, and then take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada.

To find out how to plan a trip to Sigiriya, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Ella to Sigiriya in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Nature Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Dambulla
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pethikada ©
Pethikada
Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs ©
Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs

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