15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Colombo
Fly:  1 h
1
Kandy
— 4 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h
2
Galle
— 2 nights
Bus:  4 h 15 min
3
Yala National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Ella
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
6
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 15 min
End: Colombo

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Pinnawala (Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage & Mahamevnawa Amadahara Buddhist Monastery Pinnawala) and Millennium Elephant Foundation (in Kegalle). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, get lost in a book at Buddhist Publication Society, and stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Kandy trip itinerary maker site.

Colombo to Kandy is an approximately 1- hour flight. You can also do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pinnawala, Peradeniya, Millennium Elephant Foundation
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

2
nights
Galle

Galle ©
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: Bentota Beach (in Bentota), Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa) and Mirissa (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Mirissa Beach). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, stroll through Sea Turtle Farm, browse the exhibits of Saffron Robes, and enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Galle tour itinerary website.

Getting from Kandy to Galle by combination of flight and taxi takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can catch the bus to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Galle

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Mirissa, Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery, Bentota Beach
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

2
nights
Yala National Park

One of the most popular national parks in the country, Yala National Park boasts a wide variety of animals, and does important work in conserving and growing populations.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiri Vehera and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour. On the 9th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Yala National Park trip itinerary maker site.

Take a bus from Galle to Yala National Park in 4.5 hours. January in Yala National Park sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Kiri Vehera
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Safaris
Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Kiri Vehera ©
Kiri Vehera

1
night
Udawalawe National Park

Udawalawe National Park ©
One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): stroll through Elephant Transit Home (ETH) and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Udawalawe National Park trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Yala National Park to Udawalawe National Park with the Route module. In January, daytime highs in Udawalawe National Park are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)

3
nights
Ella

Ella ©
The relaxing hilltop village of Ella benefits from a more temperate climate than much of the rest of country thanks to its high elevation.
Explore Ella's surroundings by going to Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale (in Haputale) and Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail (in Ohiya). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, don't miss a visit to Nine Arch Bridge, and learn and have fun at Honey Bee Garden.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Ella attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Udawalawe National Park to Ella takes 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale, Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

2
nights
Sigiriya

Sigiriya ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): stop by sigiri art gallery, don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, then don't miss a visit to Sigiriya, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): examine the collection at Sigiriya Museum, make a trip to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla, and finally stroll through Dhilip De Alwis.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Sigiriya using our trip planner.

You can drive from Ella to Sigiriya in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Dambulla, Dhilip De Alwis
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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