15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka trip builder

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Kandy
— 3 nights
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Sigiriya
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ella
— 2 nights
Drive
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Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Galle
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bentota
— 2 nights
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Kandy

— 3 nights
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 20 min away). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, make a trip to Kandy view point, stroll through Knuckles Forest Reserve, and learn more about the world around you at Natural Gems and Gemmological Museum.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kandy trip itinerary builder website.

Izmir, Turkey to Kandy is an approximately 16-hour flight. You'll lose 2.5 hours traveling from Izmir to Kandy due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Sigiriya

— 3 nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sigiriya: Dambulla (Golden Temple of Dambulla & Balloon Rides), Polonnaruwa (Gal Vihara & Polonnaruwa) and Dambulla Cave Temple (in Habarana). There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Sigiriya Fortress, don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, and stroll through Dhilip De Alwis.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Sigiriya journey planner.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Sigiriya takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Ella

— 2 nights
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 23rd (Sat), explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock and then admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden, then take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge, then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, and finally stop by R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Ella trip maker app.

You can drive from Sigiriya to Ella in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Classes · Shopping

Udawalawe National Park

— 1 night
One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Udawalawe National Park trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Ella to Udawalawe National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Udawalawe National Park can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Nature · Parks · Wildlife
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Galle

— 3 nights
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Get out of town with these interesting Galle side-trips: Hikkaduwa (Hikkaduwa Beach & Naga Viharaya) and Mirissa Beach (in Mirissa). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Unawatuna Devol Devalaya, and make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Galle visit planner.

Getting from Udawalawe National Park to Galle by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Galle can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can go by car to Bentota.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bentota

— 2 nights
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): stroll through Sea Turtle Protection Association, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bentota Beach, and finally soothe aching muscles at Samadi Meditation Ashramaya.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Bentota road trip planning site.

You can drive from Galle to Bentota in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 27°C. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Bentota

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.