15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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

2
nights
Colombo

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Get out of town with these interesting Colombo side-trips: ASDA Gem & Jewellery (in Waikkal) and Negombo (Negombo Beach & Nature & Wildlife Tours). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum, view the masterpieces at Ganeshism Studio Gallery, and stroll around Galle Face Green.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Colombo road trip website .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Colombo. In September, daytime highs in Colombo are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Negombo Beach, ASDA Gem & Jewellery
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Safaris
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: Bambaragala Viharaya (in Teldeniya) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asgiriya Maha Viharaya, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Kandy trip website .

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 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Knuckles Forest Reserve, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Royal Botanical Gardens, Bambaragala Viharaya
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

3
nights
Unawatuna

Get out of town with these interesting Unawatuna side-trips: Hikkaduwa (Hikkaduwa Beach & Community Tsunami Museum), Mirissa (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Mirissa Beach) and Bentota Beach (in Bentota).

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Unawatuna travel route builder .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Unawatuna in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Unawatuna can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Ella.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mirissa, Hikkaduwa, Galle Fort, Bentota Beach, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach

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 27th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, and then don't miss a visit to Demodara Nine Arch Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Ella Gem & Jewelry, experience rural life at Amba Estate, then take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, and finally admire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Ella trip builder tool .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Unawatuna to Ella in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes

Side Trip

Amba Estate
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

2
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): head outdoors with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka, then enjoy the sea views from Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, and then stop by Rice & Carry Bags Shop. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kudumbigala Monastery, then don't miss a visit to Muhudu Maha Vihara, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally explore the activities along Arugam Bay.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Arugam Bay day trip site .

Drive from Ella to Arugam Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Sigiriya.

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
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 1st (Tue), explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, then browse the exhibits of Pethikada, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Golden Temple of Dambulla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed): make a trip to Pidurangala Rock and then explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park.

Make your Sigiriya itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Arugam Bay to Sigiriya in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Nature 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
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

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