15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru
Fly + Taxi:  5 h
1
Galle
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h
2
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Jaffna
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
5
Trincomalee
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Kalkudah
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
7
Polonnaruwa
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
8
Haputale
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
9
Weligatta
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  8 h 30 min
End: Bengaluru

2
nights
Galle

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle Farm, then examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Galle itinerary builder site .

Bengaluru, India to Galle is an approximately 5-hour flight. Traveling from Bengaluru in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 29°C in Galle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Japanese Peace Pagoda, Community Tsunami Museum, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Sinharaja Forest Reserve ©
Sinharaja Forest Reserve
Dutch Reformed Church ©
Dutch Reformed Church

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Udawattekele Sanctuary, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy War Cemetery, look for gifts at Jayamali Batiks Studio, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and finally see the interesting displays at World Buddhist Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Knuckles Mountain Range, admire the natural beauty at New Ranweli Spice Garden, then learn more about the world around you at Natural Gems and Gemmological Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Lankatilaka Temple.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kandy trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Galle to Kandy takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Knuckles Mountain Range
Highlights from your plan
Udawattekele Sanctuary ©
Udawattekele Sanctuary
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Samadhi Statue, pause for some photo ops at Abhayagiri Dagaba, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, admire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya, then make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, and finally don't miss a visit to Isurumuniya Temple. On the 14th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Short Handed Statue, explore the activities along Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna), take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahamevnawa Dhammachethiya Buddhist Monastery Anuradhapura, contemplate the long history of Ritigala Forest Monastery, then examine the collection at Abhayagiri Museum, and finally delve into the distant past at Moonstone or Sandakada pahana.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Anuradhapura attractions planner .

You can drive from Kandy to Anuradhapura in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can drive to Jaffna.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Ritigala Forest Monastery ©
Ritigala Forest Monastery
Isurumuniya Temple ©
Isurumuniya Temple

2
nights
Jaffna

Jaffna ©
A center of Tamil culture, the city of Jaffna remains in the process of rebuilding after suffering greatly during the civil war.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Nallur Kovil, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kadurugoda Buddhist Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nagadipa Purana Vihara, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil, and finally steep yourself in history at Jaffna Fort. On the 16th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Seven Wells Beach, kick back and relax at Casuarina Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Naguleswaram Temple, and finally appreciate the history behind Maruthanamadam Anjaneyar Temple.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Jaffna road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Jaffna takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Nallur Kovil ©
Nallur Kovil
Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil ©
Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil
Nagadipa Purana Vihara ©
Nagadipa Purana Vihara

2
nights
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 17th (Thu): explore the different monuments and memorials at Trincomalee War Cemetery, kick back and relax at Nilaveli Beach, then kick back and relax at Trincomalee Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple, and finally make a trip to Fort Frederick. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Uppuveli, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mamangam Temple, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Marble Beach.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Trincomalee trip planner.

Drive from Jaffna to Trincomalee in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kalkudah.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Nilaveli Beach
Highlights from your plan
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery

1
night
Kalkudah

Kalkudah ©
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): make a trip to Coconut Cultural Park and then kick back and relax at Passikudah Beach.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Kalkudah route planning app .

Getting from Trincomalee to Kalkudah by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Kalkudah

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Passikudah Beach ©
Passikudah Beach
Coconut Cultural Park ©
Coconut Cultural Park

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 20th (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Statue of Parakramabahu I, delve into the distant past at Pothgul Viharaya, take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum, stop by Nishantha Wood Carvings, then pause for some photo ops at Gal Vihara, and finally explore the ancient world of Siva Devalaya (No 1).

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Polonnaruwa vacation planner .

Getting from Kalkudah to Polonnaruwa by car takes about 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Haputale.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage
Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House
Archaeological Museum ©
Archaeological Museum

1
night
Haputale

Haputale ©
Nestled atop Uva, Sri Lanka's main mountain range, lies tranquil Haputale.
On the 21st (Mon), take in the dramatic scenery at Lanka Ella, take in the spiritual surroundings of St Benedict's Monastery - Adisham, then contemplate the long history of Lipton’s Seat, and finally experience rural life at Dambatenne Tea Factory.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Haputale tour itinerary maker tool .

Drive from Polonnaruwa to Haputale in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Weligatta.

Things to do in Haputale

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Lanka Ella
Highlights from your plan
Lipton’s Seat ©
Lipton’s Seat
St Benedict's Monastery - Adisham ©
St Benedict's Monastery - Adisham
Dambatenne Tea Factory ©
Dambatenne Tea Factory

1
night
Weligatta

Weligatta ©
On the 22nd (Tue), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bundala National Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Weligatta holiday planner.

Getting from Haputale to Weligatta by car takes about 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Weligatta

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park

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