15 days in Colombo, Kandy & Nuwara Eliya Itinerary

15 days in Colombo, Kandy & Nuwara Eliya Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka itinerary planner

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Colombo
— 5 nights
Taxi to Diyawanna Oya, Fly to Kandy
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Kandy
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nuwara Eliya
— 5 nights
Taxi to Colombo, Fly to Dubai

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Colombo

— 5 nights
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Escape the urban bustle at Bentota Beach and Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center. Get some historical perspective at Seema Malakaya Temple and St Anthony's Shrine. Venture out of the city with trips to Kande Viharaya Temple (in Dharga Town), Kowilawatta Temple (in Balapitiya) and Ahungalla Beach (in Ahungalla). Make the 2nd (Tue) a memorable day with a climbing tour. Next up on the itinerary: get a tailor-made plan with Private Tours, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Colombo journey planning site.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Colombo is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. Traveling from Dubai to Colombo, you'll lose 1.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Dubai in January, with highs in Colombo at 37°C and lows at 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kandy

— 4 nights
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 Embekke Devalaya. You'll explore and learn at World Buddhist Museum and Raja Museum. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Kandy Lake, admire the natural beauty at New Ranweli Spice Garden, do sightseeing your way with Withlocals, and make a trip to Lankatilaka Temple.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Kandy tour planner.

Getting from Colombo to Kandy by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Nuwara Eliya

— 5 nights

Little England

Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
Visiting Horton Plains National Park and Little Adam's Peak will get you outdoors. Museum-lovers will get to explore Oak Ray Tea Factory & Museum and I Love Ceylon Gallery. Get out of town with these interesting Nuwara Eliya side-trips: Ramboda Waterfall (in Pussellawa) and Honey Bee Garden (in Ella). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at St Clair's Falls, take in the spiritual surroundings of Swarnagiri Maha Viharaya, experience rural life at Bluefield Tea Gardens, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Moon Plains.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Nuwara Eliya planning tool.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips