15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Istanbul, Turkey
Fly + Taxi:  15 h 45 min
1
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
2
Kalkudah
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
3
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
Jaffna
— 2 nights
Drive:  8 h
5
Unawatuna
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Rekawa
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  17 h
End: Istanbul, Turkey

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.
Get some cultural insight at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Kandy War Cemetery. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Jayamali Batiks Studio and Kandy City Center. There's lots more to do: stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, appreciate the history behind Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and examine the collection at Raja Museum.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kandy online journey maker.

Istanbul, Turkey to Kandy is an approximately 12.5- hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Kandy is 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Kalkudah.

Things to do in Kandy

Shopping Parks Wildlife
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery

1
night
Kalkudah

Kalkudah ©
On the 5th (Tue), kick back and relax at Passikudah Beach.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kalkudah trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Kalkudah takes 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Kalkudah

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Passikudah Beach ©
Passikudah Beach

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.
On the 6th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Isurumuniya Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, then admire the landmark architecture of Ruwanwelisaya, then don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, and finally snap pictures at 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, pause for some photo ops at Abhayagiri Dagaba, then explore the activities along Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna), then don't miss a visit to Moonstone or Sandakada pahana, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahamevnawa Dhammachethiya Buddhist Monastery Anuradhapura.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Anuradhapura trip planner.

Drive from Kalkudah to Anuradhapura in 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Jaffna.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba
Abhayagiri Dagaba ©
Abhayagiri Dagaba

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Nallur Kovil, hunt for treasures at Jaffna Market, then steep yourself in history at Jaffna Fort, and finally browse the different shops at Cargills Square. On the 9th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Seven Wells Beach, admire the landmark architecture of Nagadeepa Rajamaha Viharaya, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nagadipa Purana Vihara, and finally kick back and relax at Kovalam Beach.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Jaffna driving holiday app.

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Jaffna in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Jaffna

Shopping Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Kovalam Beach
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Cargills Square ©
Cargills Square
Nallur Kovil ©
Nallur Kovil
Nagadipa Purana Vihara ©
Nagadipa Purana Vihara

3
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Palm-fringed beaches with golden sand, turquoise water, and a colorful coral reef are enough to draw any beachgoer to Unawatuna, but there's plenty to do off the beach here as well.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tsunami Photo Museum and Community Tsunami Museum. Attractions like Ahungalla Beach and Jungle Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa) and Mirissa (Mirissa Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching, &more). There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Cara Jewellers, stroll through Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Unawatuna trip planner.

You can drive from Jaffna to Unawatuna in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Rekawa.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Galle, Mirissa, Hikkaduwa, Tsunami Photo Museum, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery
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Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

1
night
Rekawa

Rekawa ©
A small town with a laidback vibe squeezed between the ocean and the shores of a rich lagoon surrounded by mangroves, Rekawa draws visitors throughout the year with a pioneering turtle conservation project, the most notable tourist attraction in Rekawa.
On the 14th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa), and then take in the exciting artwork at Indika Art Gallery.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Rekawa trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Unawatuna to Rekawa in 2 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rekawa

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Tangalle
Highlights from your plan
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara ©
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara
Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) ©
Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa)
Indika Art Gallery ©
Indika Art Gallery

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