9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Colombo
1
Colombo
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Dambulla
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Kandy
— 1 night
train + taxi:  1​h 45​min
4
Bentota
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
End: Colombo

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.
For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Colombo tour itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from Singapore, the closest major airports are Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport and Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport. In December in Colombo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks Historic Sites
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Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©

2
nights
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Popham's Arboretum. On your second day here, explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla and then examine the collection at Sigiriya Museum.

Plan trip to Dambulla with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by train from Colombo to Dambulla takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Dambulla

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sigiriya Museum, Minneriya National Park
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park
Sigiriya Museum ©
Sigiriya Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Kandy road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Dambulla to Kandy takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Bentota.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

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
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Bring the kids along to Bentota Beach and Jungle Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Hikkaduwa Beach and Sea Turtle Protection Association. Venture out of the city with trips to Galle (Galle Fort & Pilgrims Lounge Chrishtopher Handicraft and Paint Gallery), Hikkaduwa (Community Tsunami Museum, Saffron Robes Gallery and Studio, & more) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Unawatuna). It doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Bentota Bazaar.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Bentota road trip website .

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Kandy to Bentota takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Bentota can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Bentota

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna, Galle
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach

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