9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Colombo
Drive:  3 h 30 min
1
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Mahiyangana
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Galle
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 45 min
End: Colombo

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum, then make a trip to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally explore the activities along Kandy Lake.

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Colombo to Kandy is an approximately 1-hour flight. You can also do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Mahiyangana.

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

3
nights
Mahiyangana

Mahiyangana ©
Get a sense of the local culture at Mahiyangana Temple and Nagadeepa Temple. Take a break from the city and head to Knuckles Forest Reserve and Sorabora Lake. Take a break from Mahiyangana with a short trip to Veddha Village in Mahiyanganaya, about 1h 05 min away.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Mahiyangana online travel route builder .

You can drive from Kandy to Mahiyangana in 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ella.

Things to do in Mahiyangana

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mahiyanganaya, Knuckles Forest Reserve
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Knuckles Forest Reserve ©
Knuckles Forest Reserve
Sorabora Lake ©
Sorabora Lake

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 19th (Sun), snap pictures at Demodara Nine Arch Bridge and then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, admire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden, then learn more about the world around you at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, and finally stop by Ella Gem & Jewelry.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Ella visit site .

You can drive from Mahiyangana to Ella in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge

1
night
Udawalawe National Park

Udawalawe National Park
One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Udawalawe National Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Udawalawe National Park online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Ella to Udawalawe National Park takes 2.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Udawalawe National Park are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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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 22nd (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Tsunami Photo Museum and then kick back and relax at Hikkaduwa Beach. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort and then stroll through Jungle Beach.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Galle trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Udawalawe National Park to Galle in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In January in Galle, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to catch the train back home.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Jungle Beach, Tsunami Photo Museum, Hikkaduwa Beach
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Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

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