15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Riyadh
Fly + Taxi:  10​h 15​min
1
Dambulla
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
2
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Polonnaruwa
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Kandy
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  2​h 45​min
6
Arugam Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
7
Ella
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
8
Udawalawa
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Dondra
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
10
Unawatuna
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
11
Hikkaduwa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
12
Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
13
Colombo
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Riyadh

1
night
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis, make a trip to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, and finally admire the natural beauty at Popham's Arboretum.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Dambulla trip itinerary site .

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Dambulla is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Riyadh to Dambulla is 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Dambulla

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Dhilip De Alwis
Highlights from your plan
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Dhilip De Alwis ©
Dhilip De Alwis
Popham's Arboretum ©
Popham's Arboretum

2
nights
Sigiriya

Sigiriya ©
The historic rock of the same name dominates the landscape of World Heritage-listed Sigiriya, where the steep and striking lava plug contains the ruins of an ancient empire.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, then explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, then take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada, and finally pick up a one of a kind souvenir at sigiri art gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Tue): examine the collection at Sigiriya Museum and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Sigiriya day trip app .

Sigiriya is just a short distance from Dambulla. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Minneriya National Park
Highlights from your plan
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

1
night
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Polonnaruwa, pause for some photo ops at Gal Vihara, make a trip to Thuparama, then explore the ancient world of Polonnaruwa Vatadage, and finally explore the ancient world of Hetadage.

For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Polonnaruwa day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Polonnaruwa takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa
Gal Vihara ©
Gal Vihara
Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage

1
night
Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura ©
Explore the well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sri Lankan civilization and its former capital at Anuradhapura, a World Heritage Site and erstwhile center of Theravada Buddhism set amidst peaceful green parks.
On the 6th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mihintale, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ruwanwelisaya.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Anuradhapura driving holiday site .

You can drive from Polonnaruwa to Anuradhapura in 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba

1
night
Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
On the 7th (Fri), explore the activities along Kandy Lake, contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asgiriya Maha Viharaya, and finally admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens.

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Getting from Anuradhapura to Kandy by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

1
night
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
On the 8th (Sat), get outside with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka, visit a coastal fixture at Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Arugam Bay.

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Arugam Bay online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Arugam Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In August in Arugam Bay, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors Historic Sites Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse

1
night
Ella

Ella ©
The relaxing hilltop village of Ella benefits from a more temperate climate than much of the rest of country thanks to its high elevation.
On the 9th (Sun), make a trip to Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, then admire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden, and finally get a new perspective on nature at R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Ella trip website .

Getting from Arugam Bay to Ella by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Ella can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Udawalawa.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arch Bridge ©
Nine Arch Bridge
Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden

1
night
Udawalawa

Udawalawa
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Udawalawa vacation tool .

Traveling by car from Ella to Udawalawa takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Dondra.

Things to do in Udawalawa

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

1
night
Dondra

Dondra ©
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): make a trip to Sri Vishnu Maha Devalaya and then enjoy the sea views from Dondra Head Lighthouse.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Dondra driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Udawalawa to Dondra takes 2.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Dondra can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to drive to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Dondra

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Dondra Head Lighthouse ©
Dondra Head Lighthouse
Sri Vishnu Maha Devalaya ©
Sri Vishnu Maha Devalaya

1
night
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Unawatuna route maker app .

Traveling by car from Dondra to Unawatuna takes an hour. In August in Unawatuna, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Galle Fort
Highlights from your plan
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Japanese Peace Pagoda ©
Japanese Peace Pagoda

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): look for gifts at Tea Zone, then don't miss a visit to Tsunami Honganji Vihara, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Hikkaduwa Beach.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Hikkaduwa trip planner .

Traveling by car from Unawatuna to Hikkaduwa takes an hour. In August, daytime highs in Hikkaduwa are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa ©
Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa
Tsunami Honganji Vihara ©
Tsunami Honganji Vihara

1
night
Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia

Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Sri Vishnu Kovil, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Anjaneyar Temple.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia route planning website .

Traveling by car from Hikkaduwa to Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Colombo.

Things to do in Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Sri Anjaneyar Temple ©
Sri Anjaneyar Temple

1
night
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.
On the 15th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, stop by Vogue Jewellers, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, and finally stroll around Galle Face Green.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Colombo trip maker site .

You can drive from Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia to Colombo in an hour. August in Colombo sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara ©
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara

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