9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Negombo
— 1 night
train:  10​h
2
Ella
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Mirissa
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Galle
— 1 day
train:  2​h
5
Colombo
— 1 night
Fly:  26​h 30​min
End: Johannesburg

1
night
Negombo

Negombo ©
Located close to the international airport, Negombo has a reputation for being either the first or last taste of the country for visitors.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): kick back and relax at Negombo Beach and then stop by DIANA Souvenirs.

For more things to do and more tourist information, use the Negombo trip planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Negombo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Johannesburg to Negombo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 26°C in Negombo. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Ella.

Things to do in Negombo

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach

1
night
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 awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Ella trip builder .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Negombo to Ella in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Spas
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Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Spas

3
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): look for gifts at LAZY.RIDE, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Medawatta Beach, then stroll through Polhena Beach, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Mirissa online tour itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Ella to Mirissa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. December in Mirissa sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Matara
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Polhena Beach ©
Polhena Beach

1
day
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
On the 17th (Tue), kick back and relax at Dalawella Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya, then kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fort Shri Sudarmalaya Buddhist Temple.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Galle online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Mirissa to Galle in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daytime highs in Galle are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Colombo.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Jungle Beach
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Dalawella Beach ©
Dalawella Beach
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya ©
Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, enjoy the sand and surf at Mount Lavinia Beach, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bellanwila Raja Maha Viharaya.

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Getting from Galle to Colombo by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Bellanwila Raja Maha Viharaya
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Mount Lavinia Beach ©
Mount Lavinia Beach
Bellanwila Raja Maha Viharaya ©
Bellanwila Raja Maha Viharaya

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