9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru
Fly + taxi:  7​h 30​min
1
Nuwara Eliya
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Trincomalee
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Sigiriya
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
4
Dambulla
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Pinnawala
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Kandy
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h
7
Colombo
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Bengaluru

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.
On the 1st (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sita Temple, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then look for gifts at Mackwoods Tea Centre, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Nuwara Eliya route planner .

Bengaluru, India to Nuwara Eliya is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Historic Sites Shopping Spas
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Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple ©
Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple
Sita Temple ©
Sita Temple
Spas

2
nights
Trincomalee

Trincomalee ©
A center of Tamil culture and language, Trincomalee suffered greatly during the 30-year civil war, but the troubles haven't dimmed the natural and cultural charms of the place.
On the 2nd (Mon), stroll the grounds of Trincomalee War Cemetery, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then stroll through Nilaveli Beach. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Marble Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mamangam Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple, and finally explore the ancient world of Velgam Vehera.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Trincomalee road trip site .

Getting from Nuwara Eliya to Trincomalee by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Nilaveli Beach
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Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
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.
On the 4th (Wed), pick up a one of a kind souvenir at sigiri art gallery, don't miss a visit to Sigiriya, then browse the exhibits of Pethikada, and finally examine the collection at Sigiriya Museum.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Sigiriya visit site .

Traveling by car from Trincomalee to Sigiriya takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Sigiriya Museum ©
Sigiriya Museum
sigiri art gallery ©
sigiri art gallery

1
night
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
On the 5th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dambulla Cave Temple.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Dambulla sightseeing planner.

Dambulla is very close to Sigiriya. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Pinnawala.

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
Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs ©
Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs

1
night
Pinnawala

Pinnawala ©
The main attraction in Pinnawala is undoubtedly its elephant orphanage.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Freedom Project.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Pinnawala itinerary maker app .

Drive from Dambulla to Pinnawala in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi. September in Pinnawala sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Pinnawala

Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Elephant Freedom Project
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Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

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 7th (Sat), stroll the grounds of Kandy War Cemetery, steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and finally stop by Jayamali Batiks Studio.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Kandy itinerary planner.

You can drive from Pinnawala to Kandy in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Shopping
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery

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 8th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Traditional Puppet Art Museum, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple, then stop by Salie's Fine Jewelry & Gem Stones, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Anthony's Shrine.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Colombo road trip planner .

Getting from Kandy to Colombo by flight takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Colombo can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Historic Sites Shopping Tours
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St Anthony's Shrine ©
St Anthony's Shrine
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple ©
Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple

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