15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Portland
Fly + Taxi:  25 h
1
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
2
Trincomalee
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  3 h 45 min
4
Hikkaduwa
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Tissamaharama
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  30 h
End: Portland

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.
On the 18th (Sat), admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and then don't miss a visit to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll the grounds of Kandy War Cemetery, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then stop by Prema Brothers, and finally explore the activities along Kandy Lake.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Kandy trip planner.

Portland, USA to Kandy is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to India Standard Time, which is usually a 13 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery

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 20th (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mamangam Temple, enjoy the sand and surf at Nilaveli Beach, and then stroll the grounds of Trincomalee War Cemetery.

To see traveler tips, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Trincomalee itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Kandy to Trincomalee in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trip

Nilaveli
Highlights from your plan
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee 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.
On the 22nd (Wed), make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, then admire the landmark architecture of Ruwanwelisaya, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Ritigala Forest Monastery and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Isurumuniya Temple.

To find photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Anuradhapura online trip maker .

Getting from Trincomalee to Anuradhapura by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites
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Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Ritigala Forest Monastery ©
Ritigala Forest Monastery
Isurumuniya Temple ©
Isurumuniya Temple

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.
Visit Ahungalla Beach and Jungle Beach for some beach relaxation. Escape the urban bustle at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Sea Turtle Farm. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hikkaduwa: Lak Gems & Jewellery (in Unawatuna) and Galle Fort (in Galle). There's more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Hikkaduwa online journey planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Anuradhapura to Hikkaduwa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. April in Hikkaduwa sees daily highs of 92°F and lows of 78°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Galle, Ahungalla Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Sea Turtle Farm ©
Sea Turtle Farm

4
nights
Tissamaharama

Tissamaharama ©
Tourism in Tissamaharama revolves around the town's vast historic and cultural heritage, with the surroundings of scenic paddy fields adding to the ambiance.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Kataragama Temple and Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bundala National Park and Kiri Vehera. Change things up with a short trip to Yala National Park in Yala National Park (about 1h 30 min away). The adventure continues: take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Tissamaharama trip maker app .

Getting from Hikkaduwa to Tissamaharama by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and flight. April in Tissamaharama sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kataragama, Bundala National Park, Yala National Park
Highlights from your plan
Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park
Kataragama Temple ©
Kataragama Temple
Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park

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