16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Sigiriya
— 4 nights
2
Mirissa
— 3 nights
3
Unawatuna
— 2 nights
4
Colombo
— 3 nights

4
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.
Appreciate the collections at Sigiriya Museum and Archaeological Museum. Get in touch with nature at Balloon Rides and Off-Road Tours. Explore Sigiriya's surroundings by going to Polonnaruwa (Siva Devalaya (No 1), Polonnaruwa Vatadage, &more). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Sigiriya, view the masterpieces at Pethikada, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Lion's Paws - Sigiriya, and delve into the distant past at Sinhagiri.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Sigiriya trip planner.

Florianopolis, Brazil to Sigiriya is an approximately 35-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Brasilia Standard Time to India Standard Time, which is usually an 8.5 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa, Balloon Rides
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Gal Potha ©
Gal Potha
Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage

3
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Get outdoors at Mirissa Beach and Secret Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Matara Beach and Matara Paravi Duwa Temple. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, kick back and relax at Turtle Point, take some stellar pictures from Coconut Tree Hill, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Mirissa trip builder website.

Traveling by flight from Sigiriya to Mirissa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Mirissa can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Matara
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Matara Beach ©
Matara Beach

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): cast your line with a fishing tour, kick back and relax at Unawatuna Beach, and then stop by Made In Ceylon. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Unawatuna Devol Devalaya, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya, thenstroll through Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Mihiripenna Beach.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Unawatuna trip planning site.

You can drive from Mirissa to Unawatuna in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In January in Unawatuna, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Colombo.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa, Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Mihiripenna Beach ©
Mihiripenna Beach
Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya ©
Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya

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.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Negombo Beach. Appreciate the collections at Colombo National Museum and Ganeshism Studio Gallery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Colombo: Negombo (Canyoning & Rappelling Tours & St. Anne's Church). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple, look for gifts at Urban Island, and examine the collection at Traditional Puppet Art Museum.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Colombo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Unawatuna to Colombo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, daytime highs in Colombo are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Negombo
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Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple ©
Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple
Scuba & Snorkeling
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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