15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly + Taxi:  7​h
1
Polonnaruwa
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Trincomalee
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Jaffna
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  3​h
5
Tissamaharama
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Ella
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Galle
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1​h
8
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Dambulla
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: New Delhi

1
night
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Polonnaruwa.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Polonnaruwa trip planner.

New Delhi, India to Polonnaruwa is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa
Gal Vihara ©
Gal Vihara
Sandakada Pahana ©
Sandakada Pahana

1
night
Trincomalee

Trincomalee ©
A center of Tamil culture and language, Trincomalee suffered greatly during the 30-year civil war, but the troubles haven't dimmed the natural and cultural charms of the place.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Koneswaram Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, then kick back and relax at Nilaveli Beach, and finally discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Trincomalee trip planner .

You can drive from Polonnaruwa to Trincomalee in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Jaffna.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Nilaveli
Highlights from your plan
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Jaffna

Jaffna ©
A center of Tamil culture, the city of Jaffna remains in the process of rebuilding after suffering greatly during the civil war.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Jaffna Fort, stroll through Kayts Causeway, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dambakola Patuna Sangamitta Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nallur Kovil.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Jaffna trip planner .

Drive from Trincomalee to Jaffna in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Nallur Kovil ©
Nallur Kovil
Dambakola Patuna Sangamitta Temple ©
Dambakola Patuna Sangamitta Temple
Kayts Causeway ©
Kayts Causeway

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Maha Boodhi Temple, pause for some photo ops at Samadhi Statue, then make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, and finally make a trip to Mihintale. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Isurumuniya Temple, don't miss a visit to Vessagiriya Ruins, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba, then explore the ancient world of Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate), and finally don't miss a visit to Isinbassagala.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Anuradhapura journey planner .

Getting from Jaffna to Anuradhapura by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi

2
nights
Tissamaharama

Tissamaharama ©
Tourism in Tissamaharama revolves around the town's vast historic and cultural heritage, with the surroundings of scenic paddy fields adding to the ambiance.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Bundala National Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Tissamaharama trip maker website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Anuradhapura to Tissamaharama takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Parks Nature

Side Trips

Yala National Park, Bundala National Park
Highlights from your plan
Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Bundala National Park ©
Bundala 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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): learn more about the world around you at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, then explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, then take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, and finally snap pictures at Demodara Nine Arch Bridge. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the views from Bogoda Bridge, then make a trip to Demodara Loop, then take in nature's colorful creations at Ella Spice Garden, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Ella day trip website .

Traveling by car from Tissamaharama to Ella takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in July, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Galle.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Bogoda Wooden Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Nine Arch Bridge ©
Nine Arch Bridge

2
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Jungle Beach, then steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Farm. On the 25th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Unawatuna Devol Devalaya, then stop by Forbes Gems & Jewellers, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Mary's Church.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Galle trip planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Ella to Galle in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Galle are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Wildlife Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Unawatuna
Highlights from your plan
Sea Turtle Farm ©
Sea Turtle Farm
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum, contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and finally make a trip to Royal Botanical Gardens.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Kandy trip itinerary planner.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Dambulla.

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park. On the next day, explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, take in nature's colorful creations at Luck Uyana Herbal Medecines Garden, and then don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Dambulla online day trip planner .

You can drive from Kandy to Dambulla in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dambulla

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pidurangala Rock, Minneriya National Park
Highlights from your plan
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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