12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Manama
Fly:  6 h
1
Colombo
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h
2
Udawalawe National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Mirissa
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h
4
Unawatuna
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h
5
Colombo
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 45 min
End: Manama

1
night
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 13th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Borella All Saints Church and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Seema Malakaya Temple.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Colombo online vacation planner .

Manama, Bahrain to Colombo is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Manama to Colombo is 2 hours. Traveling from Manama in January, expect Colombo to be a bit warmer, temps between 37°C and 27°C. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Colombo

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Seema Malakaya Temple ©
Seema Malakaya Temple
Borella All Saints Church ©
Borella All Saints Church

2
nights
Udawalawe National Park

Udawalawe National Park
One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Udawalawe National Park trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Colombo to Udawalawe National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January in Udawalawe National Park, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Mirissa.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Nature Wildlife Parks

3
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mirissa Beach as well as Whale Watching Club. Matara Paravi Duwa Temple and Dondra Head Lighthouse are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: stop by Dress Palace.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Mirissa vacation planning tool .

Getting from Udawalawe National Park to Mirissa by car takes about 3.5 hours. In January in Mirissa, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 27°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Sun) before leaving for Unawatuna.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Dondra Head Lighthouse, Matara Paravi Duwa Temple
Highlights from your plan
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Whale Watching Club ©
Whale Watching Club
Dondra Head Lighthouse ©
Dondra Head Lighthouse

3
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Palm-fringed beaches with golden sand, turquoise water, and a colorful coral reef are enough to draw any beachgoer to Unawatuna, but there's plenty to do off the beach here as well.
Visiting Jungle Beach and Unawatuna Beach will get you outdoors. Visit Galle Fort and Unawatuna Devol Devalaya for their historical value.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Unawatuna trip planner .

Unawatuna is just a stone's throw from Mirissa. In January in Unawatuna, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 27°C at night. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Colombo.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Galle Fort
Highlights from your plan
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Mihiripenna Beach ©
Mihiripenna Beach

1
night
Colombo

Colombo ©
On the 22nd (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple.

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You can take a train from Unawatuna to Colombo in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Colombo

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©

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