15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Amman
+4
bus + foot + Fly + taxi + train:  14​h
1
Unawatuna
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
2
Pinnawala
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Dambulla
— 1 night
train:  2​h 15​min
4
Colombo
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  12​h 45​min
End: Amman

3
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Shop till you drop at Orchid House and Stick No Bills Poster Gallery. Visit Mirissa Beach and Jungle Beach for some beach relaxation. Venture out of the city with trips to Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa), Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Mirissa) and Kowilawatta Temple (in Balapitiya). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Unawatuna Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Bentota Beach, and look for gifts at Chilli Dragon Spice.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Unawatuna trip planner .

Amman, Jordan to Unawatuna is an approximately 14-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Amman to Unawatuna due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Pinnawala.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Galle, Mirissa, Bentota Beach, Kowilawatta Temple, Hikkaduwa Beach
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

3
nights
Pinnawala

Pinnawala ©
The main attraction in Pinnawala is undoubtedly its elephant orphanage.
For shopping fun, head to Jayamali Batiks Studio or Kandy City Center. Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Kandy Lake are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Pinnawala: Royal Botanical Gardens (in Peradeniya) and Kandy (Degaldoruwa Temple & Udawattekele Sanctuary). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.

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Drive from Unawatuna to Pinnawala in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Dambulla.

Things to do in Pinnawala

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trips

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): look for gifts at Karu Arts & Crafts, then explore the fascinating underground world of The Golden Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Golden Cave Temple. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Lanka Silks and then make a trip to Sigiriya World Heritage Site.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Dambulla online trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Pinnawala to Dambulla in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Karu Arts & Crafts
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Karu Arts & Crafts ©
Karu Arts & Crafts

6
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.
Get in touch with nature at Negombo Beach and Kalutara Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple and Independence Square. Change things up with these side-trips from Colombo: Negombo (St. Mary's Church & LUV SL Negombo). And it doesn't end there: stop by Stone 'N' String, browse the different shops at Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct, make a trip to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, and take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Colombo travel itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Dambulla to Colombo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. In January in Colombo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Shopping Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Negombo, Kalutara Beach
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Stone 'N' String ©
Stone 'N' String
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©

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