9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Chennai
Fly:  2 h 45 min
1
Colombo
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Galle
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
3
Beruwala
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  3 h
4
Dambulla
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Kandy
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  5 h
End: Chennai

3
nights
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Colombo National Museum and Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple. Bring the kids along to Negombo Beach and Mount Lavinia Beach. The adventure continues: buy something for everyone on your list at Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct and stop by Barefoot.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Colombo trip planner.

Chennai, India to Colombo is an approximately 4.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. March in Colombo sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Galle.

Things to do in Colombo

Shopping Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Negombo Beach
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Stone 'N' String ©
Stone 'N' String
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple

2
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): get outside with Outdoor Activities and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, then look for gifts at Orchid House, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Galle day trip tool.

Take a train from Colombo to Galle in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. March in Galle sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can take a train to Beruwala.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mirissa, Jungle Beach
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach

1
night
Beruwala

Beruwala ©
Beruwala is a town in Kalutara District, Western Province, Sri Lanka, governed by an Urban Council. Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): stroll through Sea Turtle Protection Association, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bentota Beach, and then stop by Dara Gems & Jewellery.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Beruwala online vacation planner.

Traveling by train from Galle to Beruwala takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. March in Beruwala sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Beruwala

Parks Shopping Classes

Side Trip

Bentota
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Sea Turtle Protection Association ©
Sea Turtle Protection Association
Dara Gems & Jewellery ©
Dara Gems & Jewellery

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 30th (Fri), stop by Lanka Silks and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Golden Temple of Dambulla.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Dambulla trip builder app.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Beruwala to Dambulla takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Lanka Silks
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Lanka Silks ©
Lanka Silks

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 31st (Sat), explore and take pictures at Royal Botanical Gardens, stop by Jayamali Batiks Studio, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and finally stop by Kandy City Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sun): stroll through Udawattekele Sanctuary, then make a trip to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Alagalla Mountain Range.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kandy itinerary planning website.

Drive from Dambulla to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

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