15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Colombo
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h
2
Kandy
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
3
Unawatuna
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
4
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
5
Arugam Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Ella
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Bengaluru

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Old Kathiresan Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, get engrossed in the history at The Bandaranaike Museum, and then stroll around Galle Face Green.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Colombo online trip itinerary planner .

Bengaluru, India to Colombo is an approximately 6-hour flight. Traveling from Bengaluru in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 28°C in Colombo. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Negombo
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Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kandy side-trips: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala), Bambaragala Viharaya (in Teldeniya) and Euphoria Spice and Herbal (in Matale). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, and identify plant and animal life at Knuckles Forest Reserve.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kandy road trip planning app .

You can fly from Colombo to Kandy in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Knuckles Forest Reserve, Euphoria Spice and Herbal, Bambaragala Viharaya, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Royal Botanical Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

3
nights
Unawatuna

Explore Unawatuna's surroundings by going to Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa), Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching) and Bentota Beach (in Bentota).

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Unawatuna trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Unawatuna takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Unawatuna are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Galle, Mirissa, Bentota Beach, Hikkaduwa Beach
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach

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.
On the 11th (Mon), explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, then explore the galleries of Pethikada, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Tue): make a trip to Pidurangala Rock and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Sigiriya sightseeing planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Unawatuna to Sigiriya in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): get outside with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka, then visit a coastal fixture at Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, and then stop by Rice & Carry Bags Shop. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Arugam Bay, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then make a trip to Muhudu Maha Vihara, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kudumbigala Monastery.

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Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Sigiriya to Arugam Bay takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors Historic Sites Shopping
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Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara

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 15th (Fri), admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, snap pictures at Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Ella sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Arugam Bay to Ella takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in November, and nighttime lows around 27°C. On the 16th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

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