Suggested Itinerary: 9 Days in Sri Lanka

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Day 1
Arrival in Colombo airport, chill in Mount Lavinia beach for the rest of the day, and have a nice dinner in one of the many restaurants facing the sea.
Stay at Hornbill Home Hostel, Rs 2300 for a double room.

Day 2
Day tour in Colombo, visit the Buddhist temple on the lake, and take a stroll by the seaside at sunset.

Day 3
10:30 am train to Kandy, arrive at 2pm, Rs 190 second class.
Rs 1500 double room at Lake View Tourist Guest House
Activities in Kandy:
Elephants tour is Rs 2000 per person, but apparently not worth it.
Botanic garden is Rs 1000.
Entrance to the Buddhist Temple is Rs 1000.
Day 4
8:47 train to Nuwara Eliya (closest rail station is Nuna Oya, 6km away), arrive at 1pm, Rs 160 second class.
From there you can hop on a bus for Rs 23 that takes you to Nuwara Eliya in around half an hour. However, if you are easily scared of bumpy rides on crowded buses at the edge of cliffs, then you might opt for a rickshaw.
Rs 2500 double room at New Tour Inn, but we bargained and got it for Rs 1800.
Activities in Nuwara Eliya: 
3 hours tour to a tea factory and three waterfalls, Rs 2000 with a car or Rs 1500 with rickshaw (prices per person). We took a car for Rs 4000 between the two of us, it was a nice ride around the hills but not worth the price to me.
Visit to Victoria Park, Rs 300 for foreigners. Unless you are a park freak and can’t miss it, you can perfectly see the park from outside just walking around it.
Day 5
On a budget:
9:30 slow train to Ella. The slow train in the morning is a beautiful 3 hours ride through the tea plantations, there is only Third Class and it costs Rs 60 each person.
Hop on  a rickshaw from the station to take you around the many beautiful sights of Ella, we paid Rs 1100 (in two) to go to Ravana Waterfalls and drop us at Mini Adams Peak, both free.
If not on a budget – you might want to hire a car from Nuwara Eliya at 5 in the morning for Rs 4000 return to take you at Horton’s Plains, and climb the World’s End in time for sunrise. Not far there are also Baker’s Falls.
The entrance at Horton’s Plains is $25 each.
Either stay in Nuwara Eliya, or sleep in Ella, on the way for the next stop.
Day 6
Move on south!
There are two morning buses from Nuwara Elyia to Galle (stopping at Mirissa) at 8am and 9:40am sharp.
Otherwise spend the night in one of the many guest houses in Ella and get on the same bus but at 12pm.
Arrive in Mirissa at 4:30pm and find a guesthouse, we stayed at Bay Leaf Inn and got a super nice double for only Rs 1500. It is not on the beach but not far from it, yet far enough not to hear the loud music at night.
Activities in Mirissa:
From Mirissa, you can hire a bike (Rs 150 each) or scooter (Rs 750) to visit other nearby beaches: we went to Weligama beach by bike, only a few km away, but it is mostly a surfers beach. Great if you want to do that though!
Day 7 
From Mirissa, take one of the many daily buses to Galle, for Rs 50 each.
Galle Fort is just in front of the bus station, so easy short walk.
A double room at No 46 Lighthouse Street cost us Rs 2000.
Activities in Galle:
Take a stroll around the fort, and/or visit the hindu temple just outside. It is technically free, but the guy at the entrance will ask you Rs 100 when you leave. More than ask, he will demand for it.
Day 8
Get the 11:15 am train to Colombo, and from Colombo the 2:30pm train to Negombo.
Stay at New Rani Inn if you want a cheap and homely stay, and chill the rest of the day on the beach…
Day 9
Visit Negombo, but don’t expect too much from it.
Prbably the best way is to ask a rikshaw to take you around the main sights, such as the fish markets (the big one is only in the morning), the Dutch canal and the lagoon.
Reach the airport by bus of rikshaw, for Rs 600.
Bye bye Sri Lanka!
***If you have enough time (which I didn’t), or dont care much about the beaches, do head North as it is supposed to be really great!

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