9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

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
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  4 h 30 min
6
Yala National Park
— Few hours
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): make a trip to Independence Square, pause for some photo ops at Independence Memorial Hall, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Colombo journey planner.

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Colombo is an approximately 6- hour flight. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in December, with highs in Colombo at 36°C and lows at 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to take a train to Bentota.

Things to do in Colombo

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 22:
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Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
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), kick back and relax at Bentota Beach and then stroll through Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Bentota trip app.

You can take a train from Colombo to Bentota in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Galle.

Things to do in Bentota

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 23:
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Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project ©
Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at All Saints Anglican Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch Reformed Church, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Galle travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Bentota to Galle in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Mirissa.

Things to do in Galle

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Jungle Beach
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:
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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 enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Mirissa trip site.

Drive from Galle to Mirissa in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:
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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 see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Nuwara Eliya trip planning app.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Mirissa to Nuwara Eliya in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to 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.
On the 26th (Thu), take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Yala National Park fast, fun, and easy.

Getting from Nuwara Eliya to Yala National Park by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. December in Yala National Park sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:
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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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hurulu Eco Park, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Sigiriya day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Yala National Park to Sigiriya takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hurulu Eco Park, Golden Temple of Dambulla
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): examine the collection at Raja Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and finally make a trip to Royal Botanical Gardens.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Kandy fast, fun, and easy.

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

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
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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