9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Colombo
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Galle
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
3
Beruwala
— 1 night
taxi + train:  1​h 45​min
4
Kandy
— 1 day
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  15​h
End: Melbourne

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Negombo Beach and Mount Lavinia Beach. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Stone 'N' String and Arcade Independence Square. Step out of Colombo with an excursion to LUV SL Negombo in Negombo--about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Colombo National Museum, stop by Luv SL, buy something for everyone on your list at Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct, and pause for some photo ops at Independence Memorial Hall.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Colombo trip itinerary planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Colombo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Colombo is minus 4 hours. When traveling from Melbourne in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Colombo: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Colombo

Shopping Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): kick back and relax at Jungle Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): kick back and relax at Unawatuna Beach, stop by Exotic Roots, and then contemplate the long history of Galle Fort.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Galle vacation builder.

Getting from Colombo to Galle by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Beruwala.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Mirissa Beach, 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 15th (Sun): stroll through Bentota Beach and then look for gifts at Dara Gems and Jewellery.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Beruwala vacation planner.

Drive from Galle to Beruwala in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Beruwala

Shopping Classes Outdoors

Side Trip

Bentota Beach
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Dara Gems & Jewellery ©
Dara Gems & Jewellery

1
day
Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): explore the activities along Kandy Lake, then see the interesting displays at Raja Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally stop by Jayamali Batiks Studio.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kandy custom trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Beruwala to Kandy takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Shopping Nature
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake
Jayamali Batiks Studio ©
Jayamali Batiks Studio

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