9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Doha
Fly + taxi:  10​h 45​min
1
Ella
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Rekawa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Tissamaharama
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  1​h
4
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Dambulla
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
6
Yala National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Arugam Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Nuwara Eliya
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  10​h
End: Doha


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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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, and finally get a new perspective on nature at R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Ella trip planning website .

Doha, Qatar to Ella is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Doha to Ella is 2 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Doha in August, with highs in Ella at 39°C and lows at 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Rekawa.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Spas
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Spas
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

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Rekawa

Rekawa ©
A small town with a laidback vibe squeezed between the ocean and the shores of a rich lagoon surrounded by mangroves, Rekawa draws visitors throughout the year with a pioneering turtle conservation project, the most notable tourist attraction in Rekawa.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): stroll through Medaketiya Activity Beach, kick back and relax at Medilla Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary, and finally identify plant and animal life at Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Rekawa online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Ella to Rekawa takes 3 hours. August in Rekawa sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can drive to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Rekawa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Tangalle, Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary
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Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary ©
Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary
Medilla Beach ©
Medilla Beach

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Tissamaharama

Tourism in Tissamaharama revolves around the town's vast historic and cultural heritage, with the surroundings of scenic paddy fields adding to the ambiance.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yatala Wehera, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Wetland Kamal Safari Bundala Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Tissamaharama travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Rekawa to Tissamaharama takes 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Kamal Safari Bundala Park
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Safaris
Yatala Wehera ©
Yatala Wehera

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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 photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kandy journey planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Tissamaharama to Kandy takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

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Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ederagala Wana Senasuna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Rangiri Dambullu Maha Viharaya, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dambulla Cave Temple, then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, and finally don't miss a visit to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Dambulla trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kandy to Dambulla takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Dambulla Cave Temple
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Dambulla Cave Temple ©
Dambulla Cave Temple
Rangiri Dambullu Maha Viharaya ©
Rangiri Dambullu Maha Viharaya

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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 28th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Yala National Park road trip tool .

You can fly from Dambulla to Yala National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In August in Yala National Park, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Safaris

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Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): explore the activities along Arugam Bay, delve into the distant past at Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kudumbigala Monastery, enjoy the sea views from Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, then contemplate the waterfront views at Pottuvil Lagoon, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Arugam Bay visit planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yala National Park to Arugam Bay. August in Arugam Bay sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Spas

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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.
On the 30th (Fri), tee off at Nuwara Eliya Golf Course, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Xavier's Church, and then explore the striking landscape of Horton Plains National Park.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Nuwara Eliya online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Arugam Bay to Nuwara Eliya by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Outdoors Golf Wildlife
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Nuwara Eliya Golf Course ©
Nuwara Eliya Golf Course
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
St. Xavier's Church ©
St. Xavier's Church

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