Perfect 9 Days Itinerary in Sri Lanka + backpacker advice
January 1, 1970
by Valeria Obregon
Last month I visit Sri Lanka for 9 days and it was absolutely amazing, I fell in love with the places, the people and the food and I totally recommend it to everyone who is looking for adventure but at the same time a place with a lot of cultural history. This is my itinerary:
I did a circular route and decided to see the most important cities, even though a didn’t say everything I think I did a good job in seen the most important stuff. This was an exciting trip because we planned almost one different city every day and the idea was to see as much as we could in less time. We travel always by train and the views were just amazing. Here is a brief summary and then I will go deep into each one:
In Sri Lanka the transportation in an essential part of the trip so when you move from one city to the other, the time you spent on the train or bus is well invested, the landscape is freaking beautiful.
Arrival + Dinner at Colombo
Day 1. The first day we arrive into Colombo in the late afternoon, so we didn’t have a lot of time to see around. We just went out to eat at a local restaurant where we try for the first time ‘Kotu’. We booked a taxi from the airport to our hostel.
Train to Kandy + Sightseen Kandy
Ride on the most beautiful train in the world
Hiking Ella’s Peak + Visting Ravana’s Waterfall
Enjoy the day at a beach in Mirissa
Surfing at Mirissa, visiting the center of Galle & watching the sunset at the fort.
Day 6. In the early morning a couple of my friends took surfing classes in Mirissa, which they were really satisfied with, and after that, we took a public bus from Mirissa to Galle, it is really close, approximately 40 minutes. We took lunch and after that, we went out to visit the center of the town and the forte. This was also one of my favorite parts of the whole trip, the center is beautiful, buildings from the colony including of course the fort, and we watch a beautiful sunset by the sea.
Beach in Galle + Train back to Colombo
Day 8. If you are going to Sri Lanka I don’t recommend you staying more than two days at Colombo because there is not a lot to do. We stay one full day and for me, it was the perfect amount of time. There are several temples that you can visit, markets. We visited Chinatown there and simply walked around the city it was really nice. We ate dinner in a local place, by then we were experts, so everyone already knew what the like and not like.
Departure, going back home
The week passed super quickly but we had a lot of fun, we enjoy so much traveling by train, bus, tuk-tuk and more. We walked a lot and we were always traveling on a budget. We had a lot of memories of an unforgettable trip. We missed of course so much, but I do believe we use the time we had wisely.