9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Negombo
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
1
Hikkaduwa
— 3 nights
+2
train + foot + bus:  10​h 15​min
2
Yala National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Ella
— Few hours
+2
taxi + bus + train:  6​h 30​min
4
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Sigiriya
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Colombo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
End: Negombo

3
nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tsunami Honganji Vihara and Community Tsunami Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Hikkaduwa side-trips: Unawatuna (Jungle Beach & Unawatuna Beach) and Galle (Dutch Reformed Church, Galle Fort, & more). There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Hikkaduwa Beach and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seenigama Muhudu Viharaya.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Hikkaduwa trip planning site

Negombo to Hikkaduwa is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Galle, Jungle Beach
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Tsunami Honganji Vihara ©
Tsunami Honganji Vihara
Community Tsunami Museum ©
Community Tsunami Museum

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): make a trip to Okanda Devalaya and then make a trip to Sithulpawwa rock temple. On the next day, get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Yala National Park trip itinerary planner

Do a combination of train and bus from Hikkaduwa to Yala National Park in 10.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ella.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Sithulpawwa Rock Temple
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Safaris
Okanda Devalaya ©
Okanda Devalaya
Sithulpawwa Rock Temple ©
Sithulpawwa Rock Temple

few
hours
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.
To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Ella day trip planner

Explore your travel options from Yala National Park to Ella with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kandy.
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Demodara Loop ©
Demodara Loop

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.
To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Kandy holiday maker app

You can drive from Ella to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. You'll set off for Sigiriya on the 16th (Thu).

Things to do in Kandy

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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1
day
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.
On the 16th (Thu), stop by Lanka Silks, then examine the collection at Pethikada, then Head underground at The Golden Temple, and finally make a trip to Sigiriya World Heritage Site.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Sigiriya trip itinerary website

You can drive from Kandy to Sigiriya in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pethikada ©
Pethikada

1
night
Kandy

On the 17th (Fri), pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, don't miss a visit to Galmaduwa temple kandy, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kandy journey app

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Kandy takes 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue ©
Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue
Galmaduwa temple kandy ©
Galmaduwa temple kandy

1
night
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 18th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Temple of Sri Kailawasanathan Swami Devasthanam Kovil and then don't miss a visit to Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque.

To see photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Colombo trip maker tool

Getting from Kandy to Colombo by combination of taxi and flight takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train. November in Colombo sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car back home.
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Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque ©
Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque

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