9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Ankara
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
Colombo
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h
2
Kandy
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  1​h
3
Galle
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  3​h 30​min
4
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Dambulla
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  22​h
End: Ankara

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.
On the 26th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old Kathiresan Temple, walk around Galle Face Green, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Colombo National Museum, view the masterpieces at Ganeshism Studio Gallery, and then don't miss a visit to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Colombo trip itinerary maker .

Ankara, Turkey to Colombo is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Ankara to Colombo. While traveling from Ankara, expect warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Colombo, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

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 28th (Sat), explore the activities along Kandy Lake, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Kandy trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by flight from Colombo to Kandy takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Galle.

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

1
night
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda, enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, then stop by Lak Gems & Jewellery, and finally steep yourself in history at Galle Fort.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Galle trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Galle in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Ella.

Things to do in Galle

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Unawatuna
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Japanese Peace Pagoda ©
Japanese Peace Pagoda

2
nights
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 30th (Mon), explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, and then snap pictures at Demodara Nine Arch Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Tue): look for gifts at Ella Gem & Jewelry, experience rural life at Amba Estate, then admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Ella trip website .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Galle to Ella in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Dambulla.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes

Side Trip

Amba Estate
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Ravana Ella Falls ©
Ravana Ella Falls

2
nights
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): make a trip to Sigiriya, make a trip to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, and then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Dambulla day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Ella to Dambulla takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

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

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