9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Colombo
1
Colombo
— 1 night
Train + Taxi:  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 aiports 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 ©
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): admire the natural beauty at Popham's Arboretum. Here are some ideas for day two: Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla and then examine the collection at Sigiriya Museum.

To find photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Dambulla day trip planning app.

Getting from Colombo to Dambulla by combination of train and taxi takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Dambulla

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Minneriya National Park, Sigiriya Museum
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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.
On the 21st (Sat), explore the activities along Kandy Lake, stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then don't miss a visit to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kandy trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Dambulla to Kandy takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Galle Fort and Community Tsunami Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Jungle Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bentota: Pilgrims Lounge Chrishtopher Handicraft and Paint Gallery (in Galle) and Hikkaduwa (Hikkaduwa Beach, Saffron Robes, &more). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Bentota Beach, don't miss a visit to Bentota Bazaar, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Protection Association.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Bentota trip itinerary website.

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Kandy to Bentota takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or drive. In December in Bentota, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. On the 25th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train back home.

Things to do in Bentota

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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