9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Fly
1
Galle
— 2 nights
Fly
2
Kandy
— 1 night
Fly
3
Yala National Park
— 1 night
Drive
4
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Dambulla
— 2 nights
Taxi to Colombo, Fly to Bengaluru

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Galle

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Galle: Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa) and Bentota Beach (in Bentota). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Galle trip itinerary tool.

Bengaluru, India to Galle is an approximately 7-hour flight. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Bengaluru in December; daily highs in Galle reach 36°C and lows reach 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:

1
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Kandy

Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): explore the activities along Kandy Lake, then make a trip to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then make a trip to Kandy view point, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kandy road trip planning app.

You can fly from Galle to Kandy in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:

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Yala National Park

One of the most popular national parks in the country, Yala National Park boasts a wide variety of animals, and does important work in conserving and growing populations.
To see maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Yala National Park day trip website.

Getting from Kandy to Yala National Park by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December in Yala National Park, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. You'll set off for Ella on the 28th (Sat).

Things to do in Yala National Park

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:

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Ella

The relaxing hilltop village of Ella benefits from a more temperate climate than much of the rest of country thanks to its high elevation.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls. Keep things going the next day: stop by Ella Gem & Jewelry, explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, then admire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden, and finally look for gifts at R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Ella travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Yala National Park to Ella takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Classes · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:

2
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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 31st (Tue): delve into the distant past at Sigiriya Fortress, then view the masterpieces at Pethikada, and then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: deepen your understanding at Euphoria Spice and Herbal, then don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Dambulla route planning website.

Traveling by car from Ella to Dambulla takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:

Sri Lanka travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Nature & Parks
India's Teardrop
Shaped like a teardrop and located just below the southern tip of India, lush Sri Lanka boasts some of the greatest biodiversity in the world. Unless you time your Sri Lanka holiday for monsoon season, you can expect bright blue skies and plenty of sunshine, perfect for exploring tropical forests, historic temples, colonial forts, and many other buildings dating back to Dutch rule. Popular things to do in Sri Lanka include swimming, sailing, and surfing, though a growing number of visitors come here just to eat their way around the country. Greatly influenced by nearby India, the national cuisine also features many elements of European cooking--a result of the Dutch and Portuguese colonial years. Of course, a trip to Sri Lanka would not be complete without a cup of its world-famous Ceylon tea.