15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Colombo
— 1 day
Fly + Taxi:  1​h 45​min
2
Nuwara Eliya
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Ella
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  2​h 45​min
4
Mirissa
— 1 night
Train:  30​min
5
Unawatuna
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Bentota
— 1 night
Taxi + Train:  1​h 45​min
7
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Pinnawala
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
9
Trincomalee
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
10
Polonnaruwa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
11
Sigiriya
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h
12
Negombo
— 1 night
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: London

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, appreciate the history behind Independence Memorial Hall, get engrossed in the history at Colombo National Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, and finally walk around Galle Face Green.

To see ratings and more tourist information, use the Colombo tour itinerary maker app .

London, UK to Colombo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a 5 hour difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from London in November: high temperatures in Colombo hover around 36°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Colombo

Museums Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Kayaking & Canoeing

1
night
Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya ©
Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
On the 25th (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Kande-ela Reservoir, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Horton Plains National Park, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Nuwara Eliya day trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Colombo to Nuwara Eliya takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Kande-ela Reservoir ©
Kande-ela Reservoir

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 26th (Tue), admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, then take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, and then learn more about the world around you at R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Ella online road trip planner .

Drive from Nuwara Eliya to Ella in 2 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Ella

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Ravana Ella Falls ©
Ravana Ella Falls

1
night
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): look for gifts at LAZY.RIDE.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Mirissa itinerary website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Ella to Mirissa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. November in Mirissa sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Beaches Tours
Highlights from your plan
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Spas

2
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, then kick back and relax at Mihiripenna Beach, and then contemplate the long history of Galle Fort. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Unawatuna Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hikkaduwa Beach, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Unawatuna trip itinerary maker website .

Unawatuna is very close to Mirissa. In November, daily temperatures in Unawatuna can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to drive to Bentota.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Galle Fort, Hikkaduwa Beach
Highlights from your plan
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort

1
night
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Bentota Beach and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Bentota trip planner .

Getting from Unawatuna to Bentota by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In November, daytime highs in Bentota are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Bentota

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): explore the activities along Kandy Lake, then contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Kandy sightseeing planning app .

Do a combination of taxi and train from Bentota to Kandy in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Pinnawala.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

1
night
Pinnawala

Pinnawala ©
The main attraction in Pinnawala is undoubtedly its elephant orphanage.
On the 3rd (Tue), stroll through Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, then stop by Luv SL, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Freedom Project.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Pinnawala trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Kandy to Pinnawala takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Pinnawala

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trip

Elephant Freedom Project
Highlights from your plan
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project
Luv SL ©
Luv SL

1
night
Trincomalee

Trincomalee ©
A center of Tamil culture and language, Trincomalee suffered greatly during the 30-year civil war, but the troubles haven't dimmed the natural and cultural charms of the place.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Nilaveli Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mamangam Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Trincomalee trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Pinnawala to Trincomalee by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Nilaveli Beach
Highlights from your plan
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple ©
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple

1
night
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Polonnaruwa, then appreciate the history behind Gal Vihara, then appreciate the history behind Polonnaruwa Vatadage, and finally delve into the distant past at Siva Devalaya (No 1).

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Polonnaruwa journey maker site .

Drive from Trincomalee to Polonnaruwa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa
Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage
Gal Vihara ©
Gal Vihara

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, make a trip to Sigiriya, then take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada, and finally make a trip to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs.

Plan my day in Sigiriya using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Polonnaruwa to Sigiriya by car takes about 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Negombo.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs
Highlights from your plan
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pethikada ©
Pethikada
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

1
night
Negombo

Negombo ©
Located close to the international airport, Negombo has a reputation for being either the first or last taste of the country for visitors.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Sebastian’s Church, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Anne's Church, and then kick back and relax at Negombo Beach.

For traveler tips and tourist information, go to the Negombo itinerary planning app .

Getting from Sigiriya to Negombo by flight takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Negombo can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. On the 7th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Negombo

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
St. Sebastian’s Church ©
St. Sebastian’s Church

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