16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Ljubljana
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Colombo
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 15​min
2
Bentota
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Mirissa
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4​h 30​min
4
Habarana
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Kandy
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Ljubljana

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka, enjoy the sand and surf at Mount Lavinia Beach, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Thu): stroll through Negombo Beach and then gain insight with a tour of cultural highlights.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Colombo attractions planner.

Ljubljana, Slovenia to Colombo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to India Standard Time, which is usually a 4 hour difference. Traveling from Ljubljana in October, expect Colombo to be warmer, temps between 35°C and 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can take a train to Bentota.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Negombo Beach
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Mount Lavinia Beach ©
Mount Lavinia Beach

2
nights
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bentota Beach and Beruwala Beach. Family-friendly places like Hikkaduwa Beach and Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bentota: Mask Cavers (in Ambalangoda) and Kalutara Bodhiya (in Kalutara). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and stop by Ayesha Gems and Jewellers.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Bentota trip planner .

Take a train from Colombo to Bentota in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can go by car to Mirissa.

Things to do in Bentota

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Ayesha Gems and Jewellers, Beruwala Beach, Mask Cavers, Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 28:
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa ©
Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa

3
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Bring the kids along to Jungle Beach and Unawatuna Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mirissa: Galle (Embark, Galle Fort, & more). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Mirissa trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Bentota to Mirissa in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Habarana.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Galle, Jungle Beach
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort

3
nights
Habarana

Habarana ©
Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
Polonnaruwa and Golden Cave Temple will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Habarana side-trips: Lanka Silks (in Sigiriya) and The Golden Temple (in Dambulla). Spend the 2nd (Fri) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. The adventure continues: make a trip to Sigiriya World Heritage Site.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Habarana trip builder .

Drive from Mirissa to Habarana in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Habarana

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Minneriya National Park, Polonnaruwa, Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa

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.
Attractions like Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and Knuckles Forest Reserve make great kid-friendly stops. Visit Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Royal Palace of Kandy for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, take an in-depth tour of Raja Museum, pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kandy holiday planning site .

Traveling by car from Habarana to Kandy takes 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Knuckles Forest Reserve
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

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