15 days in Colombo, Kandy & Nuwara Eliya Itinerary

15 days in Colombo, Kandy & Nuwara Eliya Itinerary

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Colombo
— 5 nights
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Kandy
— 4 nights
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Nuwara Eliya
— 5 nights

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Bentota Beach and Ahungalla Beach. Get some historical perspective at Seema Malakaya Temple and Kande Viharaya Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Kowilawatta Temple (in Balapitiya), Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center (in Kosgoda) and Safaris (in Beruwala). Make the 2nd (Tue) a memorable day with a climbing tour. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St Anthony's Shrine, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Colombo trip planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Colombo is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time to India Standard Time, which is usually a 1.5 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Dubai in January: high temperatures in Colombo hover around 37°C and lows are around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kandy.

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Ahungalla Beach
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Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Kandy Garrison Cemetery. You'll explore and learn at World Buddhist Museum and Raja Museum. When in Kandy, make a side trip to see Embekke Devalaya in Handessa, approximately Handessa away. There's lots more to do: stroll through Udawattekele Sanctuary, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, take in nature's colorful creations at New Ranweli Spice Garden, and admire all the interesting features of Royal Botanical Gardens.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kandy trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Colombo to Kandy takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

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Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya ©

Little England

Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
Visiting Horton Plains National Park and Devon Falls will get you outdoors. Museum-lovers will get to explore Oak Ray Tea Factory & Museum and I Love Ceylon Gallery. Get out of town with these interesting Nuwara Eliya side-trips: Ella (Honey Bee Garden, Zipline, &more) and Ramboda Waterfall (in Pussellawa). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at St Clair's Falls, awaken your taste buds at Nitwo tours ( MAY 7 ), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Moon Plains, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Swarnagiri Maha Viharaya.

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You can drive from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

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Waterfall
Ramboda Waterfall
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Wine Tour / Tasting
Nitwo tours ( MAY 7 )
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