15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Colombo
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Dambulla
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
3
Yala National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Ella
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Galle
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h
6
Kandy
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Zurich

2
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Colombo: Negombo (Negombo Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, make a trip to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, walk around Galle Face Green, and view the masterpieces at Ganeshism Studio Gallery.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Colombo day trip site .

Zurich, Switzerland to Colombo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Zurich to Colombo is 4 hours. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Zurich in January, with highs in Colombo at 37°C and lows at 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Museums Tours

Side Trip

Negombo
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, stroll through Dhilip De Alwis, and then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Euphoria Spice and Herbal, then make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Dambulla online visit planner .

You can take a train from Colombo to Dambulla in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Dhilip De Alwis, Euphoria Spice and Herbal
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Yala National Park road trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Dambulla to Yala National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In January in Yala National Park, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Ella.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take in the views from Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, then take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden, and finally view the masterpieces at R. M. S Antique And Brassware. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya, then admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Ella day trip tool .

Explore your travel options from Yala National Park to Ella with the Route module. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Galle.

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

3
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Change things up with these side-trips from Galle: Hikkaduwa (Community Tsunami Museum & Hikkaduwa Beach), Bentota Beach (in Bentota) and Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, stroll through Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery, and kick back and relax at Jungle Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Galle route planning website .

Getting from Ella to Galle by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

3
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala (about 1h 15 min away). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, tour the pleasant surroundings at Royal Botanical Gardens, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asgiriya Maha Viharaya, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kandy visit planning website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Galle to Kandy in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Knuckles Forest Reserve
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

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