9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Bengaluru
Fly + Taxi:  7 h 30 min
1
Nuwara Eliya
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Pinnawala
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Dambulla
— 1 night
Drive:  30 min
5
Sigiriya
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h
6
Trincomalee
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  3 h 30 min
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country, then stop by Mackwoods Tea Centre, and then stroll through Horton Plains National Park.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Nuwara Eliya trip itinerary builder site.

Bengaluru, India to Nuwara Eliya is an approximately 7.5- hour combination of flight and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Wildlife Nature Parks
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Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park

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 2nd (Mon), examine the collection at Kandy Brasswear Village and then look for gifts at Jayamali Batiks Studio.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kandy attractions planning site.

You can drive from Nuwara Eliya to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Pinnawala.

Things to do in Kandy

Shopping Museums
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Jayamali Batiks Studio ©
Jayamali Batiks Studio
Kandy Brasswear Village ©
Kandy Brasswear Village

2
nights
Pinnawala

Pinnawala ©
The main attraction in Pinnawala is undoubtedly its elephant orphanage.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): view the masterpieces at Pinnawala Handicrafts Emporium, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahamevnawa Amadahara Buddhist Monastery Pinnawala, then stroll through Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, and finally stroll through Elephant Freedom Project. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pinnawala Jumbos, take in the spiritual surroundings of Siri Gautama Sambuddharaja Maligawa, and then delve into the distant past at Ethagala.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Pinnawala trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Pinnawala takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September in Pinnawala, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Dambulla.

Things to do in Pinnawala

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kegalle, Ethagala, Siri Gautama Sambuddharaja Maligawa
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Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Pinnawala Jumbos ©
Pinnawala Jumbos

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Temple of Dambulla, make a trip to Dambulla Cave Temple, and then pick up some local products at Dambulla Dedicated Economic Centre.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Dambulla road trip tool.

Getting from Pinnawala to Dambulla by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Dambulla Cave Temple
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Dambulla Cave Temple ©
Dambulla Cave Temple
Dambulla Dedicated Economic Centre ©
Dambulla Dedicated Economic Centre

few
hours
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 5th (Thu): stroll through Dhilip De Alwis.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Sigiriya attractions planner.

Sigiriya is very close to Dambulla. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Dhilip De Alwis
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Dhilip De Alwis ©
Dhilip De Alwis

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Nilaveli Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Velgam Vehera, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mamangam Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple.

For maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Trincomalee trip planner.

You can drive from Sigiriya to Trincomalee in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Nilaveli
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Velgam Vehera ©
Velgam Vehera

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.
On the 7th (Sat), stroll through Negombo Beach, don't miss a visit to Dutch Fort, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, then buy something for everyone on your list at Colombo City Centre, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anthony's Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Shri Ponnambalawaneswaram Kovil. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Mount Lavinia Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple, and then look for gifts at Salie's Fine Jewelry & Gem Stones.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Colombo trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Trincomalee to Colombo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September in Colombo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Negombo
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Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
St Anthony's Shrine ©
St Anthony's Shrine
Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple ©
Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple

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