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10 Places To Visit In 9 Days In Sri Lanka Car Tours

There are hundreds of places to visit in Sri Lanka. But the number of places to visit in 9 days in Sri Lanka car tours is limited due to the time constrains. According to our experience, the guests can visit around a dozen important tourist places in 9 days Sri Lanka Car Tours. 9 days Sri Lanka tours are very popular among the travellers and it is available in group tours (coach tour) and private (car tour). The 9 days Sri Lanka tour features in this article include locally-owned accommodation, your own driver/guide and car, and a large variety of activities, places and sightseeings.”

10 Places to visit in 9 days in Sri Lanka

  1. Colombo
  2. Polonnaruwa historical city
  3. Sigiriya rock fortress
  4. Dambulla golden cave temple
  5. Udawalawe national park
  6. Kandy tooth relic temple
  7. Galle Fort
  8. Bentota Beach
  9. Tea gardens
  10. Spice garden

How to reach Sri Lanka?

Being an island there are only two methods of reaching the island, air transport or cruise ships and most travellers using air travel to reach the island. Colombo international airport is the busiest airport on the island and 95% of international travellers lands at the Colombo airport. Therefore, most tour packages meant for international travellers start in Colombo. The below-mentioned tour for 9 days in Sri Lanka also starts in Colombo and ends in Colombo.

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Udawalawe national park

The best program for 9 days in Sri Lanka

This program for 9 days in Sri Lanka is all about those, who look for an extra little comfort and turn their holiday into an unforgettable holiday experience.

First of all, we invite travellers to get into the swing of activities and things at their own pace. In view of this, the travellers can consider a variety of cultural activities, wildlife tours, adventure activities and leisure time to explore mixing with excellent handpicked, comfortable accommodation with environmental credentials.

What includes in the program for 9 days in Sri Lanka?

Ayurveda treatments, canoeing and bird watching are also ideal for seeing southern Sri Lanka from entirely unique perspectives but this is your private program for 9 days in Sri Lanka so please feel free to do as much or as little as you wish.

Below tour, itinerary offers numerous opportunities to experience a wide range of Sri Lanka’s best-kept secrets from the golden triangle or better known as the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka that features thousands of years of historical monuments to the Udawalawe wildlife reserve and blue whale watching on the western coast Sri Lanka.

You will be travelling in one of our luxurious cars featuring reclining seats, air-conditioning, and spacious cabin, with your own driver/guide, the journey is extremely efficient and comfortable with plenty of opportunities to rest, relax and watch Sri Lanka’s beautiful countryside pass by your window.

Sigiriya rock fortress

Whether it is one of the Sri Lanka car tours or coach tours to this fascinating island, it is not completed if you miss the pristine beaches of Sri Lanka.

In this fascinating program for 9 Days In Sri Lanka, you spend 2 nights at a beachfront luxury resort and while exploring the coastal areas with your loved ones. The resort provides plenty of opportunities to entertain you with its indoor sports centre, animators and nearby water sports centre. Boating, canoeing, riding on a water scooter, surfing, diving is some of the popular water sport activates at your doorstep of the resort.

Away from the beaches in the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka, sniff the rich historical past of one of the uninterrupted civilizations in the world, starting from 5th century BC to now. Visit the ancient engineering marvels of Sigiriya rock fortress, Dambulla cave temple, Anuradhapura historical site and Polonnaruwa ancient city all are UNESCO world heritage sites.  

After visiting the historical monuments, enjoy the breathtaking scenery in the tea country, where you encounter green-capped mountains, ravines, cascading waterfalls, river, patches of forests and endless tea plantations. Trek to the Ramboda waterfalls in Ramboda pass and have a closer look into one of the most beautiful waterfalls on the island while visiting a tea factory to see the art of tea making.

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Accommodation for your Sri Lanka car tours

All accommodations are provided in 4-star standard hotels with all facilities such as air-conditioning, hot/cold water, VC, Attach bathrooms, luxury beds, safety deposit boxes, tea/coffee making machine, mini-bar, 24 hours security and many other facilities.

This one of the Sri Lanka Car tours that has been carefully composed to make sure that there are no compromises has been made with regards to comfort and luxury. The services required by the guests are provided by businesses and communities that have good environmental practices.

This is not another package tour, where you are a part of big groups; means the tour is highly customizable to suit your interests and needs, and our team is ready to work with you to ensure that the tour package enables you to have a best possible holiday in Sri Lanka.

What is the best time for this Sri Lanka car tour

The best time to travel to the west coast of Sri Lanka is from October to April with the best months being December, January, February and March. The best time to visit the east coast of Sri Lanka is from April to November and enjoys the best weather for outdoor activities. The Easter holidays are good for families.

The itinerary of 9 days Sri Lanka car tour

  1. Day 1 of 9 days Sri Lanka car tour: Colombo/Sigiriya
  2. Day 2 of 9 days Sri Lanka car tour: Sigiriya/Polonnaruwa
  3. Day 3 of 9 days Sri Lanka car tour: Sigiriya/Dambulla /Kandy
  4. Day 4 of 9 days Sri Lanka car tour: Kandy/Nuwara Eliya
  5. Day 5 of 9 days Sri Lanka car tour: Nuwara Eliya/Udawalawe national park/Mirissa
  6. Day 6 of 9 days Sri Lanka car tour: Mirissa
  7. Day 7 of 9 days Sri Lanka car tour: Mirissa/Bentota
  8. Day 8 of 9 days Sri Lanka car tour: Bentota/Colombo
  9. Day 9 of 9 days Sri Lanka car tour: Departure

Map of 9 days Sri Lanka car tour

9 days Sri Lanka car tour
9 days Sri Lanka car tour

Day 1 of 9 days Sri Lanka car tour: Colombo-Sigiriya

Depart after arrival in Colombo; the journey takes you to a 4-star class hotel in Sigiriya, within the cultural triangle. The approximately estimated road distance 169km, transfer time 5 hours depending on traffic condition. The journey takes place through the picturesque countryside, small villages, coconut plantations and Rubber plantations, enjoy the excellent views over the picturesque countryside as you drive, En-route visit the elephant orphanage.

light house colombo
The clock tower, Chatham street

Visiting Elephant orphanage in Sri Lanka Car Tours

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, the foster home of elephants of different age and size feeding, bathing, playing together and even mating. These elephants have been found in the jungle with injuries or abandoned. Even you can see babies born in the elephant orphanage.

Dinner and overnight in Sigiriya

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Sigiriya rock fortress paintings

Day 2 of 9 days Sri Lanka car tour: Sigiriya-Polonnaruwa

After the breakfast journey to Sigiriya rock fortress, afterwards, visit Polonnaruwa and in the evening visit Dambulla golden cave temple, the most impressive of Sri Lanka cave temples at Dambulla.

Visiting Sigiriya rock fortress

Have a leisurely breakfast and then journey to Sigiriya rock, which are just a few minutes away from your temporary residence. Sigiriya rock dates back to the 5th century are a place complex, which owes its glory to the vision of King Kashyapa. The monarch erected this Sigiriya rock fortress with landscaped gardens, swimming pools, fountains and a palace on top of a monolithic rock 500 meter above sea level.

Visiting Polonnaruwa historical city

After the lunch journey to the second most ancient capital of Sri Lanka, known as Polonnaruwa, which was a well planned and completed city with palaces, temples, lakes, gardens, roads and many other things had its heyday in the 11th and 12th centuries. Today Polonnaruwa is a ruined city with a large number of monuments such as the Lankatilleke (image house), Thuparama (temple) and Gal Vihare (Image house). You will also visit the remains of the Royal Palace and Parakrama Samudra, a huge man-made water reservoir.

Visiting Dambulla golden cave temple

Built-in the 1st century BC, this UNESCO designated world heritage site is made up of five caves with more than 2,000 square meters of painted walls and ceilings. This is the temple with the largest area of cave paintings to be found in the world.

Dinner and overnight in Sigiriya

5 Most important cities in the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka
Polonnaruwa Tiwanka image house

Day 3 of 9 days Sri Lanka car tour: Sigiriya-Dambulla-Kandy

After the breakfast journey to Kandy En-route visit Spice garden

Visiting Spice garden

Visit a spice garden in Matale, where you learn about a wide range of native herbs and spices and learn how they are been used in day to day life of Sri Lankan people.  Spices and herbs are used for Sri Lankan cuisine as well as to prepare Ayurveda medicine. The Spices of Sri Lanka attracted the early seafaring merchants, who made the long voyages to purchase this precious merchandise from the kings of Lanka.

Sightseeing tour of Kandy

Arrive in Kandy, where an afternoon tour showcases one of the most beautiful of Sri Lanka’s cities, with its colonial splendour, situated around the man-made lake known as “Kiri Muhuda”. On the banks of the lake, you will see one of the most important sites for Buddhists, the sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic and a visit to Peradeniya botanical garden thereafter. The day is rounded off within the evening with a Sri Lanka cultural show.

Visiting the Royal botanical garden

The Botanical Garden of Peradeniya was a pleasure garden of a Kandyan King of the 16th Century and later made into a Botanical Garden during the British regime.  This gardens; one of the best in Asia is a place of beauty and site for bird watchers.

Dinner and overnight in Kandy

Ascending the Sigiriya rock

Day 4 of 9 days Sri Lanka car tour: Kandy-Nuwara Eliya

After the breakfast leave for the hotel in Udawalawe, en-route visit Royal botanical garden, tea factory and Nuwara Eliya city.

Sightseeing tour of Nuwara Eliya

After the breakfast you leave for Nuwara Eliya from Kandy, the road starts to ascend steadily and at noon, shortly before reaching Nuwara Eliya, you will have climbed up to 1’800 meter above sea-level. You are now in the tea country; wherever you look, you will see tea plantations, the rich full green of thousands and thousands of tea bushes. And out of the green in regular intervals, the white-coloured tea factories will enchant your eyes. Occasionally you can see a few rice fields near the isolated villages, vegetable plantations or gardens.

Visiting Tea factory

Visiting a tea plantation and a factory is must if you head to Nuwara Eliya because you in the tea country, where world-famous “CELON TEA” is produced, so have planned a tea factory visit for you. Sri Lanka is famous for its Ceylon Tea, has added cheers to many around the world over for more than a century.

Safari at Udawalawe national park

Today you are going to have the first jeep safari in a wildlife reserve on the island. Udawalawe is one of the most popular wildlife reserves on the island and harbours a large number of wild animals such as elephants, wild buffalo, jackal, leopards, deer, and crocodile. Udawalawe is famous for bird watching as well since it is located near Kumana national park. After the safari, you continue the journey to the beach hotel in Mirissa. Dinner and overnight in Udawalawe

Udawalawe safari

Day 5 of 9 days Sri Lanka car tour: Nuwara Eliya-Udawalawe national park-Mirissa

After the breakfast leave for the beach hotel in Mirissa, check-in at noon and leisure.

The distance from your hotel in udawalwe to Mirissa is about 100 km and the journey will take around 9 hours. So, we suggest you leave the hotel in Udawalawe at around 9.00 am, you can sleep even a little bit longer, there is no rush, after all, this is a private tour. On the journey from Udawalwe to Mirissa is very picturesque and you pass many coconut plantations and patches of forests. However, you will not see many buildings on this route and roads are well built, roads are also well maintained and are free of traffic.

If you leave the hotel ar around 9.00 am you will be able to reach Mirissa at around noon, usually, the check-in time is 2.00 pm but we can arrange an early check-in room for your at no extra cost. Therefore you can start your fun with the sun, sea and sand right away. Today you will be staying in a beautiful, luxury boutique hotel that resides right on the beach of Mirissa. It has the beautiful pristine beach just behind the hotel and you will be opening to door to the shore.

Dinner and overnight Hotel Mirissa

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Whale watching Mirissa

Day 6 of 9 days Sri Lanka car tour: Mirissa

Early morning leave for a whale watching trip off the southern coast of Matara, which will be a half-day trip. In the afternoon leisure in the beach resort.

Dinner and overnight Hotel Mirissa

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Day 7 of 9 days Sri Lanka car tour: Mirissa

Leisure in the beach resort. You the program does not include any activity and the entire day you are resting on the beach. However, if you like to do there are many saltwater-based activities such as diving, snorkelling, surfing and many other watersports. Please contact your guide if you like to get it organized.

Dinner and overnight Hotel Mirissa

Day 8 of 9 days Sri Lanka car tour: Mirissa

Leisure in the beach resort. You the program does not include any activity and the entire day you are resting on the beach. However, if you like to do there are many saltwater-based activities such as diving, snorkelling, surfing and many other watersports. Please contact your guide if you like to get it organized.

Dinner and overnight Hotel Mirissa

Day 9 of 9 days Sri Lanka car tour: Colombo-Airport

Leave for Colombo airport after breakfast. En-route optional Colombo sightseeing tour if time permits you to do it.

End of 9 days in Sri Lanka car tour

Special note on the car tour for 9 days in Sri Lanka

  • This is an individual Tour and can tailor to your specific needs
  • Accommodations are on double sharing basis.
  • For a single basis, please inquire
  • For accommodations in deluxe hotels, please inquire

The FAQ Sri Lanka 9 days car tour

  1. How much does it cost for 9-day Sri Lanka tour?

    The tour cost USD 890 per person on a twin double

  2. What are the inclusions of the 89 days tour?

    Accommodation on H/B basis (daily breakfast and dinner included, 8 breakfasts and 8 dinners)
    All transport in a quality air-conditioned car or van with (English or language you prefer) driver/guide
    All sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary
    All rates shown are quoted in US Dollars inclusive of applicable government tax and service charge on nett basis per person

  3. Price does not include

    Compulsory supplements in the hotel if it falls during your holiday
    Tips of personal nature.
    Meals and drinks not included in the description
    Optional activity costs

  4. What is the child rate?

    For children between 05-11 years, USD 350 per child sharing room with elders.
    children less than 5 years free of charge

  5. How do I get more information on this trip?

    Our Staff is available from Monday to Friday from 9:00 – 18:30 hours.
    For our foreign customers
    +94 38 / 2238512
    +94 77 / 4440977

  6. Obtaining Visa

    Most international travellers required to have the visa to travel to Sri Lanka while some nationals are exempted from the visa requirement. At the moment more than 25 nations are exempted from a tourist visa, since August 2019.

    The process of acquiring a visa is straightforward and less paperwork. Even, one can apply for an online visa through the Sri Lankan government website. Apply for a visa, finding accommodation, look for one of the best Sri Lanka car tours, and find the places to visit are key things that every traveller consider on the planning stage of the Sri Lanka tour.

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