9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru
Fly + Taxi:  5​h
1
Galle
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1​h
2
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Ella
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Colombo
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Bengaluru

2
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Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Venture out of the city with trips to Bentota Beach (in Bentota) and Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, look for gifts at Lak Gems & Jewellery, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

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Bengaluru, India to Galle is an approximately 5-hour flight. Traveling from Bengaluru in December, things will get a bit warmer in Galle: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough 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
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach

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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 27th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and finally make a trip to Kandy view point. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at World Buddhist Museum, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, and then pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Kandy route planner.

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 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks 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

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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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): take in the views from Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, and then admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Ella Gem & Jewelry, then take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, then learn the tricks of the trade with Honey Bee Garden, and finally learn more about the world around you at R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Ella trip builder .

Drive from Kandy to Ella in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Ella

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

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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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Negombo Beach, then get engrossed in the history at The Bandaranaike Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, and finally walk around Galle Face Green. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum, browse the exhibits of Ganeshism Studio Gallery, and then make a trip to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Colombo day trip tool .

Getting from Ella to Colombo by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Colombo can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Negombo Beach
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Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

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