15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Istanbul
Fly:  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

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 Jayamali Batiks Studio. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Kandy City Center and Sriya & Daya Curio Shop. There's much more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy War Cemetery, get engrossed in the history at Raja Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Udawattekele Sanctuary, and appreciate the history behind Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kandy holiday planner.

Istanbul, Turkey to Kandy is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Turkey Time to India Standard Time, which is usually a 2.5 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Kalkudah.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Shopping Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

1
night
Kalkudah

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

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, 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

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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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, thenadmire the landmark architecture of Ruwanwelisaya, thendon'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, thenexplore the activities along Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna), thendon't miss a visit to Moonstone or Sandakada pahana, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahamevnawa Dhammachethiya Buddhist Monastery Anuradhapura.

To find ratings, reviews, 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

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna) ©
Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna)
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba

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, thensteep 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, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nagadipa Purana Vihara, and finally kick back and relax at Kovalam Beach.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, 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 Beaches

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 Mirissa Beach and Cara Jewellers make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Ahungalla Beach (in Ahungalla), Mirissa (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Spas & Wellness) and Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa). There's still lots to do: stroll through Jungle Beach, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and look for gifts at Lihiniya Gems.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Unawatuna day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Jaffna to Unawatuna takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and bus; or take a train. 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, Ahungalla Beach, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa
Highlights from your plan
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum

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, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa), and then take in the exciting artwork at Indika Art Gallery.

For more things to do, traveler tips, 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

Beaches Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

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