15 days in Colombo, Kandy & Nuwara Eliya Itinerary

15 days in Colombo, Kandy & Nuwara Eliya Itinerary

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Colombo
— 5 nights
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Kandy
— 4 nights
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Nuwara Eliya
— 5 nights

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Colombo

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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 Scuba & Snorkeling. Get some historical perspective at Seema Malakaya Temple and St Anthony's Shrine. Venture out of the city with trips to Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center (in Kosgoda), Ahungalla Beach (in Ahungalla) and Kowilawatta Temple (in Balapitiya). Make the 2nd (Tue) a memorable day with a climbing tour. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kande Viharaya Temple.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Colombo driving holiday planner.

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. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Dubai in January: high temperatures in Colombo hover around 37°C and lows are around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kandy.

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Ahungalla Beach
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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 Kandy War Cemetery. You'll explore and learn at World Buddhist Museum and Raja Museum. When in Kandy, make a side trip to see Embekke Devalaya in Handessa, approximately Handessa away. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Udawattekele Sanctuary, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, admire the natural beauty at New Ranweli Spice Garden, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kandy trip planning website.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Colombo to Kandy takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

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Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya ©

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 Ramboda Waterfall 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: Ella (Honey Bee Garden, Zipline, &more). 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 · Outdoors

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Waterfall
Ramboda Waterfall
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