15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Habarana
— 2 nights
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Nilaveli
— 2 nights
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Jaffna
— 1 night
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Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
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Kandy
— 3 nights
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Galle
— 2 nights
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Kalametiya
— 2 nights
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Habarana

Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Golden Temple of Dambulla and Polonnaruwa Vatadage. Discover out-of-the-way places like Passikudah Beach and Safaris. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Habarana: Ederagala Wana Senasuna (in Dambulla) and Archaeological Museum (in Polonnaruwa). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Sigiriya Fortress and take in the spiritual surroundings of Dambulla Cave Temple.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Habarana driving holiday planner.

Colombo to Habarana is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or fly. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Nilaveli.

Things to do in Habarana

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Nilaveli

The coastal resort town of Nilaveli draws visitors with its beaches, dive spots, and seaside hotels.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): stroll through Nilaveli Beach and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Koneswaram Temple. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Trincomalee War Cemetery, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Nilaveli online visit planner.

Getting from Habarana to Nilaveli by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Jaffna.

Things to do in Nilaveli

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

1
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Jaffna

A center of Tamil culture, the city of Jaffna remains in the process of rebuilding after suffering greatly during the civil war.
On the 20th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Jaffna Fort, then get engrossed in the history at Jaffna Archaeological Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nallur Kovil, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kadurugoda Buddhist Temple.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Jaffna attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Nilaveli to Jaffna takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites · Museums

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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 21st (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Isurumuniya Temple, then admire the landmark architecture of Ruwanwelisaya, and then don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mihintale, explore the ancient world of Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, and finally snap pictures at Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Anuradhapura day trip planning site.

You can drive from Jaffna to Anuradhapura in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites

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Kandy

Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Kandy Garrison Cemetery and Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic will appeal to history buffs. Step out of the city life by going to See Lanka Travels and Kandy Lake. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kandy: Pinnawala (Mahamevnawa Amadahara Buddhist Monastery Pinnawala & Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage). Next up on the itinerary: explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy War Cemetery, look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, and see the interesting displays at World Buddhist Museum.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kandy driving holiday website.

Getting from Anuradhapura to Kandy by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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Galle

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: revel in the low prices at Sooriya Weaving, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Galle day trip planning site.

Fly from Kandy to Galle in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In August in Galle, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kalametiya.

Things to do in Galle

Historic Sites · Tours · Adventure · Outdoors
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Kalametiya

On the 28th (Sat), delve into the distant past at Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara and then take an exotic tour of UP Travels & Tours - Excursions. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mawella Bird Sanctuary Bird Watching, then contemplate the waterfront views at Tangalle Lagoon, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kahandamodara Beach, and finally surround yourself with nature on Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kalametiya trip planning site.

You can drive from Galle to Kalametiya in 2.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Kalametiya can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kalametiya

Wildlife · Outdoors · Transportation · 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.