15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  10 h 45 min
1
Colombo
— 1 night
Fly:  1 h
2
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Dambulla
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Polonnaruwa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  3 h 45 min
6
Hikkaduwa
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  16 h 15 min
End: Melbourne

1
night
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.
To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Colombo trip itinerary website .

Melbourne, Australia to Colombo is an approximately 11-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Melbourne to Colombo. Traveling from Melbourne in April, things will get much warmer in Colombo: highs are around 39°C and lows about 30°C. On the 6th (Mon), you're off to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Udawattekele Sanctuary as well as Royal Palace of Kandy. On the 6th (Mon), explore the activities along Kandy Lake and then stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace of Kandy, stroll through Udawattekele Sanctuary, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Kandy vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Colombo to Kandy in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. On the 8th (Wed), you'll travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Udawattekele Sanctuary ©
Udawattekele Sanctuary

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Pidurangala Rock, Sigiriya, Dambulla Cave Temple, and other attractions you added.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Dambulla trip itinerary app .

Drive from Kandy to Dambulla in 2.5 hours. You will leave for Polonnaruwa on the 10th (Fri).

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Dambulla Cave Temple
Highlights from your plan
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Dambulla Cave Temple ©
Dambulla Cave Temple

2
nights
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes King’s Council Chamber as well as Lankathilaka Image House. Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): delve into the distant past at King’s Council Chamber, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hatadage, then appreciate the history behind Polonnaruwa Vatadage, then contemplate the long history of Nishshanka Latha Mandapaya, and finally explore the ancient world of Siva Devalaya (No 1). Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Somawathiya Stupa, then contemplate the long history of Lankathilaka Image House, and then don't miss a visit to Thuparama.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Polonnaruwa trip planner.

Getting from Dambulla to Polonnaruwa by car takes about 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House
King’s Council Chamber ©
King’s Council Chamber
Somawathiya Stupa ©
Somawathiya Stupa

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Isurumuniya Temple. On the 12th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahamevnawa Dhammachethiya Buddhist Monastery Anuradhapura, delve into the distant past at Ranmasu Uyana, then delve into the mystery of Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate), and finally take in the views from Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Isurumuniya Temple, and then don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Anuradhapura road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Polonnaruwa to Anuradhapura takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba
Ranmasu Uyana ©
Ranmasu Uyana

4
nights
Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa ©
One of the most scenic beach resorts in Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa features a number of long white sand beaches with palm trees and gentle waves.
Get some historical perspective at Kande Viharaya Temple and Galle Fort. Explore hidden gems such as Dutch Reformed Church and Meera Mosque. When in Hikkaduwa, make a side trip to see Kalutara Bodhiya in Kalutara, approximately Kalutara away. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Community Tsunami Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kowilawatta Temple, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and kick back and relax at Hikkaduwa Beach.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Hikkaduwa trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Anuradhapura to Hikkaduwa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Hikkaduwa are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Galle, Kande Viharaya Temple, Kowilawatta Temple, Kalutara Bodhiya
Highlights from your plan
Kande Viharaya Temple ©
Kande Viharaya Temple
Dutch Reformed Church ©
Dutch Reformed Church
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort

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