16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Kandy
— 4 nights
2
Dambulla
— 2 nights
3
Unawatuna
— 3 nights
4
Colombo
— 6 nights

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.
Visit Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Royal Palace of Kandy for their historical value. Change things up with a short trip to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala (about 1h 20 min away). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, take an in-depth tour of Raja Museum, make a trip to Kandy view point, and explore the activities along Kandy Lake.

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kandy day trip planning site.

Manama, Bahrain to Kandy is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manama to Kandy is 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Dambulla.

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 ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
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), delve into the distant past at Sigiriya and then stop by Sigiriya Craft Village. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Painting Conservation & Research Center, Painting Museum and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Golden Temple of Dambulla.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Dambulla online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kandy to Dambulla in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow time for travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Unawatuna

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.
Visit Galle Fort and Dutch Reformed Church for their historical value. We've included these beaches for you: Mirissa Beach and Jungle Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Unawatuna: Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Mirissa). It doesn't end there: stop by Stick No Bills Poster Gallery.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Unawatuna trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Dambulla to Unawatuna by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In February, daily temperatures in Unawatuna can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can drive to Colombo.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

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

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.
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple and St. Mary's Church will appeal to history buffs. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Negombo Beach and Kalutara Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Negombo (Dutch Canal, Dutch Fort, &more) and Panadura Beach (in Panadura). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum, walk around Viharamahadevi Park, don't miss a visit to Independence Square, and kick back and relax at Mount Lavinia Beach.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Colombo travel planner.

You can drive from Unawatuna to Colombo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. February in Colombo sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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