15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Ankara, Turkey
Fly + Drive:  17 h
1
Kandy
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h 15 min
2
Unawatuna
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 15 min
3
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
Arugam Bay
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  3 h 45 min
5
Sigiriya
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  17 h 45 min
End: Ankara, Turkey

2
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Millennium Elephant Foundation (in Kegalle) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and get lost in a book at Buddhist Publication Society.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kandy travel itinerary planner.

Ankara, Turkey to Kandy is an approximately 17- hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Turkey Time to India Standard Time, which is usually a 2.5 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Transportation

Side Trips

Millennium Elephant Foundation, Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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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

Palm-fringed beaches with golden sand, turquoise water, and a colorful coral reef are enough to draw any beachgoer to Unawatuna, but there's plenty to do off the beach here as well.
Get out of town with these interesting Unawatuna side-trips: Bentota Beach (in Bentota), Mirissa (Coconut Tree Hill, Dolphin & Whale Watching, &more) and Saffron Robes (in Hikkaduwa). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Unawatuna Devol Devalaya.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Unawatuna online tour planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Unawatuna takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Ella.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mirissa, Galle Fort, Bentota Beach, Saffron Robes
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle 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 4th (Sun): stop by R. M. S Antique And Brassware, take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, then don't miss a visit to Nine Arches Bridge, and finally expand your horizons at Honey Bee Garden. On the 5th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya.

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Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Unawatuna to Ella takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Arugam Bay.

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
Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

2
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Pottuvil Lagoon, then enjoy the sea views from Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kudumbigala Monastery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, then contemplate the waterfront views at Arugam Bay, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Arugam Bay trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ella to Arugam Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
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Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Spas
Pottuvil Lagoon ©
Pottuvil Lagoon

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Dambulla (Golden Temple of Dambulla & Sath Paththini Devalaya) and Dambulla Cave Temple (in Habarana). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park, browse the exhibits of Pethikada, and don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Sigiriya driving holiday site.

Getting from Arugam Bay to Sigiriya by combination of taxi and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Habarana, Dambulla, Minneriya National Park
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

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