15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Mumbai
Fly + Taxi:  5 h 30 min
1
Dambulla
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Kandy
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2 h
3
Unawatuna
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Colombo
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 30 min
5
Ohiya
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
Pinnawala
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  8 h 15 min
End: Mumbai

1
night
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla and then get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Dambulla visit planner.

Mumbai, India to Dambulla is an approximately 5.5- hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Dambulla

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Minneriya National Park, Archaeological Museum
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park
Archaeological Museum ©
Archaeological Museum

3
nights
Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Visiting Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and Kandy Lake will get you outdoors. Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Udawattekele Sanctuary are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, take in the awesome beauty at Hanthana Mountain Range, don't miss a visit to Galmaduwa temple kandy, and explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace of Kandy.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kandy trip website.

Traveling by car from Dambulla to Kandy takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Jungle Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Hikkaduwa Beach.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Unawatuna trip itinerary builder tool.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Unawatuna in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Unawatuna can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can take a train to Colombo.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mirissa, Hikkaduwa Beach, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery
Highlights from your plan
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

2
nights
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 3rd (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Negombo Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Lavinia Beach, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Borella All Saints Church. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, and then take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Colombo trip builder website.

Traveling by train from Unawatuna to Colombo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Colombo are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ohiya.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Negombo Beach
Highlights from your plan
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Mount Lavinia Beach ©
Mount Lavinia Beach

3
nights
Ohiya

Ohiya ©
Ohiya is a rural village located in Badulla District of Uva Province, Sri Lanka. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Kirigalpoththa Hike and then admire the sheer force of Baker's Falls.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Ohiya online journey planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Colombo to Ohiya in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Pinnawala.

Things to do in Ohiya

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Baker's Falls, Warleigh Church
Highlights from your plan
Baker's Falls ©
Baker's Falls
Warleigh Church ©
Warleigh Church
Kirigalpoththa Hike ©
Kirigalpoththa Hike

3
nights
Pinnawala

Pinnawala ©
The main attraction in Pinnawala is undoubtedly its elephant orphanage.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): stop by Luv SL. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Tue): stroll through Elephant Freedom Project.

To see maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Pinnawala journey planner.

Getting from Ohiya to Pinnawala by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In January in Pinnawala, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 26°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Pinnawala

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kegalle, Siri Gautama Sambuddharaja Maligawa
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project
Millennium Elephant Foundation ©
Millennium Elephant Foundation
Siri Gautama Sambuddharaja Maligawa ©
Siri Gautama Sambuddharaja Maligawa

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