9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Bengaluru
Fly + Taxi:  5 h
1
Galle
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h
2
Kandy
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  1 h 30 min
3
Yala National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
4
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Dambulla
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  6 h 45 min
End: Bengaluru

2
nights
Galle

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, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, and stop by Lak Gems & Jewellery.

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

Bengaluru, India to Galle is an approximately 4.5- hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also fly. 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 Beaches Parks

Side Trips

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

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.
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.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kandy road trip planning app.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Galle to Kandy in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. 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

Side Trip

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

1
night
Yala National Park

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.
On the 28th (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Yala National Park online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Yala National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Ella.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Nature Parks
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park

2
nights
Ella

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 find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Ella travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Yala National Park to Ella takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

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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 31st (Tue): delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, 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 find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, 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

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Euphoria Spice and Herbal, Spas
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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