9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Bratislava
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  16​h 15​min
1
Kandy
— 1 day
taxi + Fly:  2​h
2
Unawatuna
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
3
Ella
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Arugam Bay
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Bratislava

1
day
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 23rd (Thu), admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, then contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and finally explore the activities along Kandy Lake.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Kandy road trip planner.

Bratislava, Slovakia to Kandy is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Time to India Standard Time, which is usually a 4 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Unawatuna.

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

2
nights
Unawatuna

Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Conservation Project (Koggala). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, then make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Jungle Beach, and finally stop by Lak Gems & Jewellery.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Unawatuna road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Unawatuna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and taxi. In May, daily temperatures in Unawatuna can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Ella.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mirissa, Sea Turtle Conservation Project (Koggala), Galle Fort
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

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 26th (Sun), get a new perspective on nature at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, snap pictures at Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, and finally stop by Ella Gem & Jewelry.

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

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Unawatuna to Ella in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in May, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Shopping
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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
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
On the 27th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kudumbigala Monastery, then enjoy the sea views from Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, then contemplate the waterfront views at Arugam Bay, and finally stop by Rice & Carry Bags Shop.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Arugam Bay online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Ella to Arugam Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Historic Sites Shopping Parks
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Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay

2
nights
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 28th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Sigiriya. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, then look for all kinds of wild species at Dhilip De Alwis, then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, and finally see the interesting displays at Pethikada.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Sigiriya trip maker website .

Getting from Arugam Bay to Sigiriya by combination of taxi and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Golden Temple of Dambulla, Dhilip De Alwis
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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