16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Manama
Fly + taxi:  9​h 45​min
1
Kandy
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Dambulla
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Unawatuna
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Colombo
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Manama

4
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Royal Palace of Kandy. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kandy: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Horton Plains National Park (in Ohiya). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, see the interesting displays at Raja Museum, and identify plant and animal life at Udawattekele Sanctuary.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kandy trip site .

Manama, Bahrain to Kandy is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight, bus, and train. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Manama to Kandy is 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
On the 20th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Golden Cave Temple, don't miss a visit to Sigiriya World Heritage Site, and then stop by Sigiriya Craft Village. On the 21st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Painting Conservation & Research Center, Painting Museum and then Head underground at The Golden Temple.

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Dambulla trip planner .

Getting from Kandy to Dambulla by car takes about 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Sigiriya
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya

3
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Your inner history buff will appreciate Galle Fort and Dutch Reformed Church. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Mirissa Beach and Hikkaduwa Beach. Step out of Unawatuna to go to Mirissa and see Dolphin & Whale Watching, which is approximately 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, look for gifts at Stick No Bills Poster Gallery, and stroll through Unawatuna Beach.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Unawatuna trip planner .

Getting from Dambulla to Unawatuna by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Colombo.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Galle, Mirissa, Hikkaduwa Beach
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

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.
Visit Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple and St. Mary's Church for their historical value. Relax by the water at Negombo Beach and Kalutara Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Colombo: Negombo (Dutch Canal, Dutch Fort, & more) and Panadura Beach (in Panadura). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Colombo National Museum, stroll through Viharamahadevi Park, look for gifts at Stone 'N' String, and don't miss a visit to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara.

Plan my day in Colombo using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Unawatuna to Colombo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in February, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Negombo, Kalutara Beach, Panadura Beach
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Mount Lavinia Beach ©
Mount Lavinia Beach

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