15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Amman
+3
Bus + Foot + Fly + Taxi:  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 ©
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.
Shop till you drop at Orchid House and Stick No Bills Poster Gallery. Step out of the city life by going to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Hikkaduwa Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Bentota Beach (in Bentota), Kowilawatta Temple (in Balapitiya) and Mirissa Beach (in Mirissa). There's more to do: kick back and relax at Jungle Beach and look for gifts at Chilli Dragon Spice.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Unawatuna route tool.

Amman, Jordan to Unawatuna is an approximately 13.5- hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. You'll lose 3.5 hours traveling from Amman to Unawatuna due to the time zone difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Amman in January, with highs in Unawatuna at 37°C and lows at 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Pinnawala.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Galle, Mirissa, Bentota Beach, Hikkaduwa Beach, Kowilawatta Temple
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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.
Head to Jayamali Batiks Studio and Kandy City Centerfor plenty of shopping. Do some cultural sightseeing at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Degaldoruwa Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Pinnawala: Royal Botanical Gardens (in Peradeniya) and Kandy (Kandy Lake & Udawattekele Sanctuary). There's more to do: stroll through Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.

Before you visit Pinnawala, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Unawatuna to Pinnawala in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to drive 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 and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Golden Temple of Dambulla. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Lanka Silks and then delve into the distant past at Sigiriya.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Dambulla travel planning site.

You can drive from Pinnawala to Dambulla in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and flight. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Negombo Beach and Kalutara Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple and Borella All Saints Church. Venture out of the city with trips to Negombo (St. Mary's Church & LUV SL Negombo). There's still lots to do: hunt for treasures at Pettah, look for gifts at Luv SL, take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum, and walk around Galle Face Green.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Colombo visit planner.

Take a train from Dambulla to Colombo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Colombo can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Shopping Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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