9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Drive
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Bentota
— 1 day
Drive
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Galle
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mirissa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Fly
5
Dambulla
— 1 night
Drive
6
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
Drive
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Kandy
— 1 night
Fly to Diyawanna Oya, Taxi to Colombo

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Bentota

The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Ahungalla Beach, kick back and relax at Beruwala Beach, and then stroll through Bentota Beach.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Bentota travel planner.

Colombo to Bentota is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a train. In October in Bentota, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Bentota

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 9 — 10:

2
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Galle

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
On the 10th (Sat), kick back and relax at Mihiripenna Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Unawatuna Devol Devalaya, then enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, and finally look for gifts at VarVara. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, then kick back and relax at Hikkaduwa Beach, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Naga Viharaya.

To see more things to do and tourist information, you can read our Galle route builder tool.

You can drive from Bentota to Galle in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in October, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Mirissa.

Things to do in Galle

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 9 — 11:

2
nights
Mirissa

The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): look for gifts at Sandaruwan Handicraft & Gift Store, then kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally take some stellar pictures from Coconut Tree Hill. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Turtle Point, then enjoy the sand and surf at Matara Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Medawatta Beach.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Mirissa online travel route planner.

Getting from Galle to Mirissa by car takes about an hour. In October, daily temperatures in Mirissa can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 11 — 13:

1
night
Udawalawe National Park

One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
On the 14th (Wed), explore the striking landscape of Udawalawe National Park.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Udawalawe National Park online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Mirissa to Udawalawe National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight. In October in Udawalawe National Park, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 14:

1
night
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 15th (Thu): stroll through Golden Temple of Dambulla and then delve into the distant past at Sigiriya Fortress.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Dambulla road trip planning app.

Fly from Udawalawe National Park to Dambulla in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 14 — 15:

1
night
Anuradhapura

Explore the well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sri Lankan civilization and its former capital at Anuradhapura, a World Heritage Site and erstwhile center of Theravada Buddhism set amidst peaceful green parks.
On the 16th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Isurumuniya Temple, delve into the distant past at Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate), then admire the landmark architecture of Ruwanwelisaya, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahamevnawa Dhammachethiya Buddhist Monastery Anuradhapura.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Anuradhapura attractions planner.

You can drive from Dambulla to Anuradhapura in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 16:

1
night
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 17th (Sat), take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, then explore the activities along Kandy Lake, then stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, and finally don't miss a visit to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kandy journey planner.

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 16 — 17:

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.