16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Colombo
1
Colombo
— 7 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 45​min
2
Pinnawala
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  2​h
3
Mirissa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Hikkaduwa
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
End: Colombo

7
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 Negombo Beach and Kalutara Beach for some beach relaxation. Head to Pettah and West Coast Tattoo Studiofor plenty of shopping. Explore Colombo's surroundings by going to Ranjiths Carving and Batik Museum (in Kalutara) and Negombo (Safaris, Dolphin & Whale Watching, & more). There's still lots to do: browse the different shops at Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct, tour the pleasant surroundings at Galle Face Green, look for gifts at Lakarcade, and revel in the low prices at Noritake Factory Store.

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The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Colombo. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in March, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Pinnawala.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Shopping Tours

Side Trips

Negombo, Kalutara
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Mount Lavinia Beach ©
Mount Lavinia Beach
Safaris

1
night
Pinnawala

Pinnawala ©
The main attraction in Pinnawala is undoubtedly its elephant orphanage.
On the 9th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahamevnawa Amadahara Buddhist Monastery Pinnawala, look for gifts at Pinnawala Handicrafts Emporium, then look for all kinds of wild species at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, and finally identify plant and animal life at Millennium Elephant Foundation.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Pinnawala trip builder tool .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Colombo to Pinnawala in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In March, daytime highs in Pinnawala are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Pinnawala

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Millennium Elephant Foundation
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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Millennium Elephant Foundation ©
Millennium Elephant Foundation
Pinnawala Handicrafts Emporium ©
Pinnawala Handicrafts Emporium

2
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
On the 10th (Sun), look for gifts at LAZY.RIDE, enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex, enjoy the sand and surf at Mihiripenna Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Medawatta Beach.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Mirissa travel route builder site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Pinnawala to Mirissa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In March, daily temperatures in Mirissa can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can go by car to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Medawatta Beach, Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex, Mihiripenna Beach
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mihiripenna Beach ©
Mihiripenna Beach

5
nights
Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa ©
One of the most scenic beach resorts in Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa features a number of long white sand beaches with palm trees and gentle waves.
Visit Jungle Beach and Ahungalla Beach for some beach relaxation. Family-friendly places like Bentota Beach and Hikkaduwa Beach will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hikkaduwa: Kosgoda Turtle Care (in Kosgoda), Sea Turtle Protection Association (in Bentota) and Galle (EXOTIC ROOTS & Galle Fort). And it doesn't end there: browse the exhibits of Tsunami Photo Museum, see the interesting displays at Community Tsunami Museum, stop by Made In Ceylon, and enjoy the sand and surf at Narigama Beach.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Hikkaduwa online journey planner .

You can drive from Mirissa to Hikkaduwa in 1.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Galle, Bentota, Ahungalla Beach, Kosgoda Turtle Care
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach

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