16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Fly to Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport, Drive to Dambulla
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Dambulla
— 1 night
Drive
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Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Arugam Bay
— 3 nights
Drive
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Unawatuna
— 4 nights
Drive
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Bentota
— 4 nights
Drive to Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport, Fly to Casablanca

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Dambulla — 1 night

On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at Heritance Kandalama Spa and then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Sigiriya Fortress, make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, and then stroll through Dhilip De Alwis.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Dambulla road trip website.

Casablanca, Morocco to Dambulla is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5.5 hours traveling from Casablanca to Dambulla. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kandy.
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Kandy — 2 nights

Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): explore the activities along Kandy Lake and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kandy online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Dambulla to Kandy takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Arugam Bay.
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Arugam Bay — 3 nights

Spend the 15th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Arugam Bay trip builder app.

Getting from Kandy to Arugam Bay by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Unawatuna.
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Unawatuna — 4 nights

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Jungle Beach and Mihiripenna Beach. Your inner history buff will appreciate Galle Fort and Matara Paravi Duwa Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Unawatuna: Mirissa Beach (in Mirissa) and Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa). Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, enjoy some diversion at Sithma Gems & Jewellery, and look for gifts at Cara Jewellers.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Unawatuna tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Arugam Bay to Unawatuna in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Unawatuna can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to drive to Bentota.
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Bentota — 4 nights

The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
We've included these beaches for you: Bentota Beach and Ahungalla Beach. The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, identify plant and animal life at Flying Lizard Diving, stroll through Sea Turtle Protection Association, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kande Viharaya Temple.

Plan trip to Bentota with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Unawatuna to Bentota takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, daytime highs in Bentota are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.
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Sri Lanka travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Nature & Parks
India's Teardrop
Shaped like a teardrop and located just below the southern tip of India, lush Sri Lanka boasts some of the greatest biodiversity in the world. Unless you time your Sri Lanka holiday for monsoon season, you can expect bright blue skies and plenty of sunshine, perfect for exploring tropical forests, historic temples, colonial forts, and many other buildings dating back to Dutch rule. Popular things to do in Sri Lanka include swimming, sailing, and surfing, though a growing number of visitors come here just to eat their way around the country. Greatly influenced by nearby India, the national cuisine also features many elements of European cooking--a result of the Dutch and Portuguese colonial years. Of course, a trip to Sri Lanka would not be complete without a cup of its world-famous Ceylon tea.
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