15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly + Taxi:  19 h
1
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Trincomalee
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Kalkudah
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 45 min
4
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  3 h
5
Hikkaduwa
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
6
Hambantota
— 2 nights
Fly:  20 h 30 min
End: Dublin

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.
Isurumuniya Temple and Jethawanaramaya Dagoba are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Dambulla Cave Temple and Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba. Venture out of the city with trips to Habarana (Dhilip De Alwis & Safaris). There's lots more to do: pause for some photo ops at Abhayagiri Dagoba, explore the activities along Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, and take in the views from Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Anuradhapura trip maker site .

Dublin, Ireland to Anuradhapura is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to India Standard Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Habarana
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Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Safaris
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba

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.
On the 6th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Nilaveli Beach, explore the different monuments and memorials at Trincomalee War Cemetery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, then see the interesting displays at Hoods Tower Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about all things military at Sri Lanka Navy Museum, pause for some photo ops at Velgam Vehera, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seruwila Mangala Raja Maha Vihara, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Trincomalee trip planner.

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Trincomalee takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kalkudah.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Kalkudah

Kalkudah ©
On the 8th (Fri), tour the water at your own pace with Sail Lanka Charter and then stroll through Passikudah Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the views from Kallady Bridge, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Cathedral, then don't miss a visit to Coconut Cultural Park, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Pasikudah Beach.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kalkudah tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Trincomalee to Kalkudah in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Uda Walawe National Park.

Things to do in Kalkudah

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Batticaloa
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Passikudah Beach ©
Passikudah Beach
St. Mary's Cathedral ©
St. Mary's Cathedral
Coconut Cultural Park ©
Coconut Cultural Park

1
day
Udawalawe National Park

Udawalawe National Park ©
One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
On the 10th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Udawalawa Safari and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Transit Home (ETH).

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Uda Walawe National Park road trip website .

Traveling by car from Kalkudah to Uda Walawe National Park takes 6.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Uda Walawe National Park are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)
Lakpura ©
Lakpura

3
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.
Tsunami Photo Museum and Dutch Reformed Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ahungalla Beach and Cara Jewellers. Venture out of the city with trips to Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Bentota) and Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Galle). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle Farm, see the interesting displays at Community Tsunami Museum, and make a trip to Tsunami Honganji Vihara.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hikkaduwa trip itinerary builder site .

Drive from Uda Walawe National Park to Hikkaduwa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in March, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hambantota.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Galle, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Tsunami Photo Museum, Ahungalla Beach
Highlights from your plan
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum

2
nights
Hambantota

Hambantota ©
Hambantota is the main town in Hambantota District, Southern Province, Sri Lanka. Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Bundala National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kahandamodara Beach, and then browse the exhibits of Indika Art Gallery.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Hambantota online trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Hikkaduwa to Hambantota in 3 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hambantota

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Indika Art Gallery, Bundala National Park, Kahandamodara Beach, Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park
Kahandamodara Beach ©
Kahandamodara Beach
Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary ©
Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary

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