15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
Colombo
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Hikkaduwa
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Mirissa
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  2​h 30​min
4
Sigiriya
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Kandy
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Melbourne

3
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.
Bring the kids along to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Go for a jaunt from Colombo to Negombo to see Negombo Beach about 52 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum, don't miss a visit to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Galle Face Green.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Colombo trip maker app .

Melbourne, Australia to Colombo is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Melbourne to Colombo, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in January; daily highs in Colombo reach 37°C and lows reach 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Negombo
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

3
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.
Attractions like Jungle Beach and Hikkaduwa Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hikkaduwa: Bentota (Sea Turtle Protection Association & Bentota Beach), Galle Fort (in Galle) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Unawatuna). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa, see the interesting displays at Community Tsunami Museum, and enjoy the sand and surf at Ahungalla Beach.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Hikkaduwa holiday maker .

Getting from Colombo to Hikkaduwa by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In January, daily temperatures in Hikkaduwa can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Bentota, Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center, Ahungalla Beach, Galle Fort
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Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach

1
night
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): look for gifts at LAZY.RIDE, enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Mirissa travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Hikkaduwa to Mirissa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Mirissa can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
LAZY.RIDE ©
LAZY.RIDE

3
nights
Sigiriya

Sigiriya ©
The historic rock of the same name dominates the landscape of World Heritage-listed Sigiriya, where the steep and striking lava plug contains the ruins of an ancient empire.
Kids will enjoy Minneriya National Park and Dhilip De Alwis. Take a break from Sigiriya with a short trip to Golden Temple of Dambulla in Dambulla, about 1h 05 min away. There's more to do: don't miss a visit to Sigiriya World Heritage Site and take in nature's colorful creations at Luck Uyana Herbal Medecines Garden.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Sigiriya trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Mirissa to Sigiriya takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Golden Temple of Dambulla, Dhilip De Alwis, Minneriya National Park, Luck Uyana Herbal Medecines Garden
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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.
Bring the kids along to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and Udawattekele Sanctuary. Make the 16th (Thu) a stimulating day with a coffee and tea tour. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, don't miss a visit to Royal Botanical Gardens, and get engrossed in the history at Raja Museum.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kandy road trip tool .

Getting from Sigiriya to Kandy by car takes about 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

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

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