12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Colombo
— 1 night
Drive
2
Udawalawe National Park
— 2 nights
Fly to Koggala, Taxi to Mirissa
3
Mirissa
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Unawatuna
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Colombo
— 1 night
Fly

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Colombo

— 1 night
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
On the 13th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Borella All Saints Church and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seema Malakaya Temple.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Colombo journey planning website.

Manama, Bahrain to Colombo is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2.5 hours traveling from Manama to Colombo. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Manama in January: high temperatures in Colombo hover around 37°C and lows are around 27°C. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Tue) before leaving for Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Colombo

Historic Sites

Udawalawe National Park

— 2 nights
One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Udawalawe National Park.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Udawalawe National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Colombo to Udawalawe National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In January, daytime highs in Udawalawe National Park are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Mirissa.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Nature · Wildlife · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Mirissa

— 3 nights
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. Family-friendly places like Dress Palace and Matara Paravi Duwa Temple will thrill your kids. Step out of Mirissa with an excursion to Dondra Head Lighthouse in Dondra--about 44 minutes away.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Mirissa travel planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Udawalawe National Park to Mirissa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daytime highs in Mirissa are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna

— 3 nights
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.
Family-friendly places like Galle Fort and Mihiripenna Beach will thrill your kids. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Jungle Beach and Unawatuna Beach. It doesn't end there: make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Unawatuna Devol Devalaya.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Unawatuna online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Mirissa to Unawatuna takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. January in Unawatuna sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Wed) before leaving for Colombo.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Colombo

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Colombo trip builder.

Traveling by car from Unawatuna to Colombo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Colombo

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Sri Lanka travel guide

4.2
Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Nature & Parks
India's Teardrop
Shaped like a teardrop and located just below the southern tip of India, lush Sri Lanka boasts some of the greatest biodiversity in the world. Unless you time your Sri Lanka holiday for monsoon season, you can expect bright blue skies and plenty of sunshine, perfect for exploring tropical forests, historic temples, colonial forts, and many other buildings dating back to Dutch rule. Popular things to do in Sri Lanka include swimming, sailing, and surfing, though a growing number of visitors come here just to eat their way around the country. Greatly influenced by nearby India, the national cuisine also features many elements of European cooking--a result of the Dutch and Portuguese colonial years. Of course, a trip to Sri Lanka would not be complete without a cup of its world-famous Ceylon tea.