15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Bristol
+2
train + Fly + taxi:  16​h 45​min
1
Dambulla
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Yala National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  2​h
5
Kandy
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h
6
Galle
— 4 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + train:  16​h
End: Bristol

2
nights
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Change things up with these side-trips from Dambulla: Polonnaruwa (in Polonnaruwa), Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Pidurangala Rock (in Sigiriya). There's much more to do: Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis, and delve into the distant past at Sigiriya.

For traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Dambulla road trip planning tool .

Bristol, UK to Dambulla is an approximately 17-hour combination of train, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of flight and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Bristol to Dambulla is 5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Dhilip De Alwis, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Polonnaruwa
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

2
nights
Yala National Park

Yala National Park ©
One of the most popular national parks in the country, Yala National Park boasts a wide variety of animals, and does important work in conserving and growing populations.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiri Vehera and then explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Yala National Park tour planner.

Getting from Dambulla to Yala National Park by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. February in Yala National Park sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Ella.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Nature Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Kiri Vehera
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Safaris
Kiri Vehera ©
Kiri Vehera

2
nights
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 6th (Thu), take in the views from Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, then admire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden, and finally learn more about the world around you at R. M. S Antique And Brassware. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya, take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, and then explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Ella trip planning website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yala National Park to Ella. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Uda Walawe National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes

Side Trip

Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

1
night
Udawalawe National Park

Udawalawe National Park ©
One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Uda Walawe National Park.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Uda Walawe National Park trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Ella to Uda Walawe National Park takes 2.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Uda Walawe National Park are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Udawalawe National Park ©
Udawalawe National Park

2
nights
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 9th (Sun), admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and finally stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at World Buddhist Museum, contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Udawattekele Sanctuary.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kandy vacation maker site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Uda Walawe National Park to Kandy takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

4
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Explore Galle's surroundings by going to Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching), Bentota Beach (in Bentota) and Hikkaduwa (Community Tsunami Museum & Hikkaduwa Beach). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, stroll through Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery, stop by Lak Gems & Jewellery, and enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach.

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

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Galle in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In February, daytime highs in Galle are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Mirissa, Hikkaduwa, Bentota Beach, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery
Highlights from your plan
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach

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