9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta)
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Colombo
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Bentota
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Galle
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
4
Mirissa
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  4​h 30​min
5
Nuwara Eliya
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Yala National Park
— Few hours
Fly:  3​h
7
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Kandy
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  8​h
End: Kolkata (Calcutta)

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 21st (Sat), don't miss a visit to Independence Square, then pause for some photo ops at Independence Memorial Hall, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Colombo online visit planner .

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Colombo is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in December, things will get a bit warmer in Colombo: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can catch the train to Bentota.

Things to do in Colombo

Historic Sites
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Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Independence Square ©
Independence Square
Independence Memorial Hall ©
Independence Memorial Hall

1
night
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
On the 22nd (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Bentota Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Bentota trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Colombo to Bentota by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Galle.

Things to do in Bentota

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach

1
night
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
On the 23rd (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at All Saints Anglican Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Church, and then kick back and relax at Jungle Beach.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Galle trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Bentota to Galle takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December in Galle, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Galle

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Jungle Beach
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Dutch Reformed Church ©
Dutch Reformed Church
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
All Saints Anglican Church ©
All Saints Anglican Church

1
night
Mirissa

The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Mirissa visit planner.

Traveling by car from Galle to Mirissa takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach

1
night
Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya ©
Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sita Temple and then contemplate the waterfront views at Gregory Lake.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Nuwara Eliya online travel route planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Mirissa to Nuwara Eliya takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Gregory Lake ©
Gregory Lake
Sita Temple ©
Sita Temple

few
hours
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 26th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Yala National Park sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Nuwara Eliya to Yala National Park in 2.5 hours. In December in Yala National Park, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Safaris

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 27th (Fri): make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hurulu Eco Park, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Golden Temple of Dambulla.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Sigiriya online trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Yala National Park to Sigiriya takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hurulu Eco Park, Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Hurulu Eco Park ©
Hurulu Eco Park
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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), take an in-depth tour of Raja Museum, then contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Royal Botanical Gardens.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kandy trip planner .

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Kandy takes 3 hours. On the 29th (Sun), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

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

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