15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Bangkok
Fly + taxi:  11​h
1
Anuradhapura
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Trincomalee
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Kalkudah
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Dambulla
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Kandy
— 5 nights
Fly:  11​h
End: Bangkok

5
nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Safaris and Minneriya National Park. Do some cultural sightseeing at Wilpattu National Park and Samadhi Statue. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Ritigala Forest Monastery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mihintale, take an unorthodox tour of Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate), and admire the landmark architecture of Ruwanwelisaya.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Anuradhapura trip planning website .

Bangkok, Thailand to Anuradhapura is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bangkok to Anuradhapura. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Safaris, Minneriya National Park
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Safaris
Ritigala Forest Monastery ©
Ritigala Forest Monastery
Isurumuniya Temple ©
Isurumuniya Temple

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, explore the different monuments and memorials at Trincomalee War Cemetery, and then kick back and relax at Nilaveli Beach. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Marble Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mamangam Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Koneswaram Temple, and finally explore the ancient world of Velgam Vehera.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Trincomalee trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Anuradhapura to Trincomalee by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kalkudah.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Nilaveli Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Marble Beach ©
Marble Beach

1
night
Kalkudah

Kalkudah ©
On the 21st (Sun), make a trip to Coconut Cultural Park and then stroll through Passikudah Beach.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Kalkudah trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Trincomalee to Kalkudah takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can go by car to Dambulla.

Things to do in Kalkudah

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Passikudah Beach ©
Passikudah Beach
Coconut Cultural Park ©
Coconut Cultural Park

1
night
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
On the 22nd (Mon), make a trip to Dambulla Cave Temple, then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, and then see the interesting displays at Sigiriya Museum.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Dambulla trip planner .

Getting from Kalkudah to Dambulla by car takes about 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Dambulla Cave Temple, Sigiriya Museum
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya Museum ©
Sigiriya Museum
Dambulla Cave Temple ©
Dambulla Cave Temple

5
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Elephant Freedom Project and Commonwealth War Cemetery. Visiting Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and Knuckles Forest Reserve will get you outdoors. Step out of Kandy with an excursion to Euphoria Spice and Herbal in Matale--about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, browse the collection at Buddhist Publication Society, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kandy vacation maker site .

You can drive from Dambulla to Kandy in 2.5 hours. On the 27th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Euphoria Spice and Herbal, Elephant Freedom Project, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery

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