9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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9 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Colombo
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Galle
— 2 nights
bus:  4​h 15​min
3
Yala National Park
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
4
Nuwara Eliya
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  29​h
End: Sydney

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): browse the eclectic array of goods at Negombo Fish Market, then enjoy the sand and surf at Negombo Beach, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then browse the different shops at Colombo City Centre, and then look for gifts at Salie's Fine Jewelry & Gem Stones.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Colombo travel route planner.

Sydney, Australia to Colombo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Colombo, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in May: highs in Colombo hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Galle.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Negombo, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Galle

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
On the 25th (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Church, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then stop by Cara Jewellers. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Mihiripenna Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Tsunami Photo Museum, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Galle trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by train from Colombo to Galle takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Tsunami Photo Museum, Mihiripenna Beach
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Mihiripenna Beach ©
Mihiripenna Beach
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum

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 27th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiri Vehera and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Yala National Park trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by bus from Galle to Yala National Park takes 4.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kiri Vehera
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Kiri Vehera ©
Kiri Vehera

2
nights
Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya ©
Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): look for gifts at Mackwoods Tea Centre, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Xavier's Church, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Horton Plains National Park.

To see other places to visit and more tourist information, read our Nuwara Eliya trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Yala National Park to Nuwara Eliya takes 2.5 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Nature Wildlife Parks
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Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Spas
St. Xavier's Church ©
St. Xavier's Church

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