16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Pinnawala
— 2 nights
2
Habarana
— 3 nights
3
Mirissa
— 2 nights
4
Tissamaharama
— 1 night
5
Hikkaduwa
— 2 nights
6
Colombo
— 4 nights

2
nights
Pinnawala

Pinnawala ©
The main attraction in Pinnawala is undoubtedly its elephant orphanage.
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Udawattekele Sanctuary are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kandy Garrison Cemetery and Royal Palace of Kandy. Step out of Pinnawala with an excursion to Kandy Lake in Kandy--about 1h 25 min away. Spend the 24th (Mon) in the pleasant surroundings of Elephant Freedom Project. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Pinnawala attractions tool.

London, UK to Pinnawala is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 5.5 hours traveling from London to Pinnawala due to the time zone difference. While traveling from London, expect somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Pinnawala, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Habarana.

Things to do in Pinnawala

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kandy, Elephant Freedom Project
Highlights from your plan
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

3
nights
Habarana

Habarana ©
Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Golden Temple of Dambulla and Pethikada. When in Habarana, make a side trip to see Polonnaruwa Vatadage in Polonnaruwa, approximately Polonnaruwa away. Spend the 25th (Tue) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Habarana journey website.

You can drive from Pinnawala to Habarana in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Habarana

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Minneriya National Park, Golden Temple of Dambulla
Highlights from your plan
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa

2
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Weligama Beach, thenstroll through Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirissa Beach, kick back and relax at Matara Beach, and then kick back and relax at Polhena Beach.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Mirissa online trip maker.

You can fly from Habarana to Mirissa in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around °C in September, and nighttime lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Matara, Weligama Beach, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa
Highlights from your plan
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Polhena Beach ©
Polhena Beach

1
night
Tissamaharama

Tourism in Tissamaharama revolves around the town's vast historic and cultural heritage, with the surroundings of scenic paddy fields adding to the ambiance.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara, thenmake a trip to Tissa Dagoba, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Tissamaharama tour planning tool.

You can drive from Mirissa to Tissamaharama in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, daytime highs in Tissamaharama are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can drive to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara ©
Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara
Tissa Dagoba ©
Tissa Dagoba

2
nights
Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa ©
One of the most scenic beach resorts in Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa features a number of long white sand beaches with palm trees and gentle waves.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, thenlook for gifts at Embark, and then look for gifts at Fort Art Jewels. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Hikkaduwa Beach, thenkick back and relax at Bentota Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Protection Association.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Hikkaduwa online route planner.

Drive from Tissamaharama to Hikkaduwa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or fly. In September in Hikkaduwa, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Colombo.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Galle, Bentota, Jungle Beach
Highlights from your plan
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach

4
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Mount Lavinia Beach and Panadura Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Colombo National Museum and Borella All Saints Church. Get out of town with these interesting Colombo side-trips: Negombo (Dutch Fort & Negombo Beach). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, don't miss a visit to Independence Square, stroll around Galle Face Green, and tee off at Royal Colombo Golf Club.

To find out how to plan a trip to Colombo, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Hikkaduwa to Colombo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Colombo can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Negombo, Panadura Beach
Highlights from your plan
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum

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