15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Colombo
train:  1​h 45​min
1
Galle
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h
2
Kandy
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Anuradhapura
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​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:  2​h 45​min
End: Colombo

2
nights
Galle

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Galle Fort and Tsunami Photo Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Galle: Bentota Beach (in Bentota), Hikkaduwa (Community Tsunami Museum & Hikkaduwa Beach) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Mirissa). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Jungle Beach, make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Church.

To see ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Galle trip planner .

Colombo to Galle is an approximately 2-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Galle can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna, Tsunami Photo Museum, Bentota Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Kandy Lake. Explore Kandy's surroundings by going to Bambaragala Viharaya (in Teldeniya) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, see the interesting displays at Ceylon Tea Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Knuckles Forest Reserve, and look for gifts at Prema Brothers.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kandy trip planning site .

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 up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mihintale and Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya, take in the views from Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya, delve into the distant past at Short Handed Statue, and contemplate the long history of Ritigala Forest Monastery.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Anuradhapura trip itinerary builder site .

Drive from Kandy to Anuradhapura in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Ancient City of Sigiriya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, see the interesting displays at Pethikada, then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla, and finally identify plant and animal life at Dhilip De Alwis.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Sigiriya trip planner .

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Sigiriya takes 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Golden Temple of Dambulla, Dhilip De Alwis
Highlights from your plan
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pethikada ©
Pethikada

2
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
On the 11th (Tue), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, explore the activities along Arugam Bay, then stop by Rice & Carry Bags Shop, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kudumbigala Monastery. On the 12th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka, then contemplate the long history of Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, then don't miss a visit to Muhudu Maha Viharaya, and finally enjoy the sea views from Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Arugam Bay trip planning tool .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Sigiriya to Arugam Bay in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) 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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, then learn more about the world around you at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Bandarawela, and finally don't miss a visit to Muthiyangana Raja Maha Viharaya.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Ella holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Arugam Bay to Ella takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Muthiyangana Raja Maha Viharaya
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Muthiyangana Raja Maha Viharaya ©
Muthiyangana Raja Maha Viharaya

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