15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka trip planner

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Fly to Colombo, Taxi to Sigiriya
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Sigiriya
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kandy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ella
— 2 nights
Drive
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Galle
— 3 nights
Drive
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Colombo
— 3 nights
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Sigiriya

— 3 nights
The historic rock of the same name dominates the landscape of World Heritage-listed Sigiriya, where the steep and striking lava plug contains the ruins of an ancient empire.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sigiriya: Dambulla Cave Temple (in Habarana) and Dambulla (Balloon Rides & Golden Temple of Dambulla). Spend the 4th (Sun) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Sigiriya Fortress, stroll through Dhilip De Alwis, and make a trip to Pidurangala Rock.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Sigiriya trip planner.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Sigiriya is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and taxi. The time zone changes from Arabian Standard Time (AST) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a 2.5 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

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Kandy

— 3 nights
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Go for a jaunt from Kandy to Pinnawala to see Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, and explore the activities along Kandy Lake.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kandy itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Kandy takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Ella

— 2 nights
The relaxing hilltop village of Ella benefits from a more temperate climate than much of the rest of country thanks to its high elevation.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, then don't miss a visit to Nine Arches Bridge, and finally admire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya, then take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, and then explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Ella trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Kandy to Ella in 4 hours. Another option is to take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Classes · Adventure

Side Trip

Galle

— 3 nights
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Change things up with these side-trips from Galle: Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching), Bentota Beach (in Bentota) and Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matara Paravi Duwa Temple, kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, and stop by Made In Ceylon.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Galle trip maker website.

You can drive from Ella to Galle in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In April, daily temperatures in Galle can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Colombo.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 10 — 13:

Colombo

— 3 nights
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Get out of town with these interesting Colombo side-trips: See Lanka Travels (in Waikkal) and Negombo (Negombo Beach & DIANA Souvenirs). Spend the 14th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, pause for some serene contemplation at Borella All Saints Church, walk around Galle Face Green, and don't miss a visit to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara.

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You can drive from Galle to Colombo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. April in Colombo sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Sri Lanka travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Nature & Parks
India's Teardrop
Shaped like a teardrop and located just below the southern tip of India, lush Sri Lanka boasts some of the greatest biodiversity in the world. Unless you time your Sri Lanka holiday for monsoon season, you can expect bright blue skies and plenty of sunshine, perfect for exploring tropical forests, historic temples, colonial forts, and many other buildings dating back to Dutch rule. Popular things to do in Sri Lanka include swimming, sailing, and surfing, though a growing number of visitors come here just to eat their way around the country. Greatly influenced by nearby India, the national cuisine also features many elements of European cooking--a result of the Dutch and Portuguese colonial years. Of course, a trip to Sri Lanka would not be complete without a cup of its world-famous Ceylon tea.