15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

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.
Explore Colombo's surroundings by going to Negombo (Negombo Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum, make a trip to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, and stroll around Viharamahadevi Park.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Colombo road trip website.

Melbourne, Australia to Colombo is an approximately 11- hour flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Colombo, you'll gain 4.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in January, things will get a bit warmer in Colombo: highs are around 37°C and lows about 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive 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 ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
Bring the kids along to Hikkaduwa Beach and Bentota Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Galle Fort (in Galle), Unawatuna (Jungle Beach & Scuba & Snorkeling) and Sea Turtle Protection Association (in Bentota). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa, enjoy the sand and surf at Ahungalla Beach, and see the interesting displays at Community Tsunami Museum.

For ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Hikkaduwa trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Colombo to Hikkaduwa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. January in Hikkaduwa sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C at night. 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, Ahungalla Beach, Galle Fort, Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center
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Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach

1
night
Mirissa

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

For maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Mirissa trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Hikkaduwa to Mirissa by car takes about 1.5 hours. 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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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
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.
Step out of Sigiriya with an excursion to Golden Temple of Dambulla in Dambulla--about 54 minutes away. Spend the 13th (Mon) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, stroll through Dhilip De Alwis, and make a trip to Pidurangala Rock.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Sigiriya trip itinerary planning website.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Mirissa to Sigiriya in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Minneriya National Park, Golden Temple of Dambulla, Dhilip De Alwis
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

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.
When in Kandy, make a side trip to see Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala, approximately Pinnawala away. Make the 16th (Thu) a stimulating day with a coffee and tea tour. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, explore and take pictures at Royal Botanical Gardens, take an in-depth tour of Raja Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Udawattekele Sanctuary.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Kandy visit planner.

You can drive from Sigiriya to Kandy in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time 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
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

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