9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Colombo
— 1 night
2
Kandy
— 2 nights
3
Galle
— 3 nights
4
Sigiriya
— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): admire the masterpieces at The Galleries of Sapumal Foundation, play a few rounds at ayubolankatours, and then kick back and relax at Negombo Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, then look for gifts at Urban Island, then examine the collection at Colombo National Museum, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Ganeshism Studio Gallery.

To find ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Colombo itinerary site.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Colombo. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Museums · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

Negombo
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Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach

2
nights
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 4th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Ceylon Tea Museum, browse for treasures at Sriya & Daya Curio Shop, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens. On your second day here, examine the collection at Kandy Brasswear Village, examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, make a trip to Galmaduwa temple kandy, then look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kandy road trip planning site.

You can do a combination of taxi and train from Colombo to Kandy in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

3
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Shop till you drop at Tsunami Photo Museum and Made In Ceylon. Galle Fort and Community Tsunami Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Galle: Bentota Beach (in Bentota), Mirissa Beach (in Mirissa) and Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa). It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Jungle Beach and browse the exhibits of Saffron Robes.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Galle trip builder website.

Getting from Kandy to Galle by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna, Bentota Beach, Mirissa Beach, Tsunami Photo Museum
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort

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 9th (Sun): make a trip to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, then stop by Karu Arts & Crafts, then browse the exhibits of Pethikada, and finally explore the ancient world of Sigiriya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Sigiriya Museum, then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, and then pick up some local products at Dambulla Dedicated Economic Centre.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Sigiriya visit planner.

Drive from Galle to Sigiriya in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Dambulla, Karu Arts & Crafts
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya Museum ©
Sigiriya Museum

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