17 days in Colombo & Pinnawala Itinerary

17 days in Colombo & Pinnawala Itinerary

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17 days in Colombo & Pinnawala Itinerary

Start: Colombo
1
Colombo
— 13 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 45​min
2
Pinnawala
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 45​min
End: Colombo

13
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.
Do your shopping at Palace Seaside and Pettah. Get out of town with these interesting Colombo side-trips: Kalutara (Kalutara Bodhiya, Dolphin & Whale Watching, & more), Negombo Beach (in Negombo) and Beruwala (Masjid ul Abrar, Beruwala Beach, & more). Spend the 2nd (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, stroll through Mount Lavinia Beach, stroll around Galle Face Green, and browse the different shops at Colombo City Centre.

For ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Colombo trip itinerary maker site .

If you are flying in from Spain, the closest major airports are Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport and Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Pinnawala.

Things to do in Colombo

Shopping Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Kalutara, Beruwala, Palace Seaside, Negombo Beach
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Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct ©
Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Mount Lavinia Beach ©
Mount Lavinia Beach

3
nights
Pinnawala

Pinnawala ©
The main attraction in Pinnawala is undoubtedly its elephant orphanage.
You've now added Pinnawala Handicrafts Emporium to your itinerary. On the 3rd (Fri), take in the exciting artwork at Pinnawala Handicrafts Emporium and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Freedom Project. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Millennium Elephant Foundation, stop by Embilmeegama Tea Factory, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Embekke Devalaya.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Pinnawala route site .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Colombo to Pinnawala in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. January in Pinnawala sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Pinnawala

Wildlife Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Kegalle, Embilmeegama Tea Factory, Embekke Devalaya
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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Embilmeegama Tea Factory ©
Embilmeegama Tea Factory
Pinnawala Handicrafts Emporium ©
Pinnawala Handicrafts Emporium

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