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:  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.
On the 1st (Sun), appreciate the extensive heritage of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country, look for gifts at Mackwoods Tea Centre, and then explore the striking landscape of Horton Plains National Park.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Nuwara Eliya trip 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 Kandy.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Wildlife Nature
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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), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, examine the collection at Kandy Brasswear Village, and then look for gifts at Jayamali Batiks Studio.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kandy trip builder app .

You can drive from Nuwara Eliya to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to drive 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, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahamevnawa Amadahara Buddhist Monastery Pinnawala, then look for all kinds of wild species at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Freedom Project. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Pinnawala Jumbos, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Siri Gautama Sambuddharaja Maligawa, and then delve into the distant past at Ethagala.

For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Pinnawala trip planner .

Getting from Kandy to Pinnawala by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. September in Pinnawala sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Pinnawala

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kegalle, Ethagala, Siri Gautama Sambuddharaja Maligawa
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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project
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): explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dambulla Cave Temple, and then pick up some local products at Dambulla Dedicated Economic Centre.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Dambulla trip itinerary planning site .

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 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
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): identify plant and animal life at Dhilip De Alwis.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Sigiriya online route planner .

Sigiriya is just a short distance from Dambulla. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Wildlife

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.
On the 6th (Fri), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Nilaveli Beach, then delve into the distant past 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 other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Trincomalee trip planner.

You can drive from Sigiriya to Trincomalee in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to 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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): stroll through Negombo Beach, make a trip to Dutch Fort, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, then browse the different shops at Colombo City Centre, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anthony's Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shri Ponnambalawaneswaram Kovil. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Lavinia Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple, and then stop by Salie's Fine Jewelry & Gem Stones.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Colombo vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Trincomalee to Colombo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 30°C. 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 ©
St Anthony's Shrine ©
St Anthony's Shrine
Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple ©
Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple

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