15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Naples
Fly + Drive:  19​h
1
Negombo
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
2
Kalpitiya
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Trincomalee
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Dambulla
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Kalkudah
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Polonnaruwa
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  3​h 15​min
8
Uda Walawe National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Ella
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
10
Nuwara Eliya
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
11
Kandy
— Few hours
train + taxi:  1​h 45​min
12
Bentota
— Few hours
train:  1​h 15​min
13
Colombo
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  20​h 15​min
End: Naples

1
night
Negombo

Negombo
Located close to the international airport, Negombo has a reputation for being either the first or last taste of the country for visitors.
For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Negombo trip planner .

Naples, Italy to Negombo is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a 4 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Negombo when traveling from Naples in August, with lows around 30°C. On the 13th (Tue), you'll travel to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Negombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

1
night
Kalpitiya

Kalpitiya ©
On the 13th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Ruwala Nature & Adventure Park, then kick back and relax at Kudawa Beach, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Church, Kalpitiya.

Find out how to plan Kalpitiya trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Drive from Negombo to Kalpitiya in 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Kalpitiya

Parks Wildlife Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Ruwala Nature & Adventure Park ©
Ruwala Nature & Adventure Park
Dutch Church, Kalpitiya ©
Dutch Church, Kalpitiya

1
night
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 14th (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond, then explore the ancient world of Ranmasu Uyana, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Thanthirimale Rajamaha Viharaya.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Anuradhapura trip planner .

You can drive from Kalpitiya to Anuradhapura in 2.5 hours. You'll set off for Trincomalee on the 15th (Thu).

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Ranmasu Uyana ©
Ranmasu Uyana
Thanthirimale Rajamaha Viharaya ©
Thanthirimale Rajamaha Viharaya

1
night
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.
On the 15th (Thu), see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then explore the ancient world of Velgam Vehera, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mamangam Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Trincomalee trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Trincomalee takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery
Velgam Vehera ©
Velgam Vehera

2
nights
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, pick up some local products at Dambulla Dedicated Economic Centre, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nalanda Gedige, then look for gifts at Lanka Silks, and finally don't miss a visit to Kaludiya Pokuna.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Dambulla itinerary planner .

You can drive from Trincomalee to Dambulla in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kalkudah.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Shopping Wildlife

Side Trips

Habarana, Lanka Silks, Nalanda Gedige
Highlights from your plan
Nalanda Gedige ©
Nalanda Gedige
Kaludiya Pokuna ©
Kaludiya Pokuna
Ederagala Wana Senasuna ©
Ederagala Wana Senasuna

1
night
Kalkudah

Kalkudah ©
For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kalkudah trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Dambulla to Kalkudah takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Kalkudah

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Batticaloa
Find places to stay Aug 18 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Kallady Beach ©
Kallady Beach
St. Mary's Cathedral ©
St. Mary's Cathedral
Batticaloa Fort ©
Batticaloa Fort

1
night
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Polonnaruwa trip planner .

Drive from Kalkudah to Polonnaruwa in 1.5 hours. You'll set off for Uda Walawe National Park on the 20th (Tue).

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

1
night
Uda Walawe 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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): get to know the resident critters at Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Udawalawa Safari.

Find out how to plan Uda Walawe National Park trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Getting from Polonnaruwa to Uda Walawe National Park by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, daily temperatures in Uda Walawe National Park can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Ella.

Things to do in Uda Walawe National Park

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Udawalawa
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Udawalawa Safari ©
Udawalawa Safari

1
night
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.
To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Ella day trip planning app .

Drive from Uda Walawe National Park to Ella in 3 hours. In August, daytime highs in Ella are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Muthiyangana Raja Maha Viharaya
Highlights from your plan
Muthiyangana Raja Maha Viharaya ©
Muthiyangana Raja Maha Viharaya

1
night
Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya
Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
To see where to stay and more tourist information, go to the Nuwara Eliya planner .

Drive from Ella to Nuwara Eliya in 2 hours. You'll set off for Kandy on the 23rd (Fri).

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Tours Outdoors Parks

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hours
Kandy

Kandy
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Kandy travel route planner .

You can drive from Nuwara Eliya to Kandy in 2.5 hours. You'll set off for Bentota on the 23rd (Fri).

Things to do in Kandy

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

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hours
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
On the 21st (Wed), let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kande Viharaya.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Bentota trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Do a combination of train and taxi from Kandy to Bentota in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Bentota are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Colombo.

Things to do in Bentota

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kande Viharaya
Find places to stay Aug 23 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Kande Viharaya ©
Kande Viharaya

1
night
Colombo

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
On the 23rd (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Shri Ponnambalawaneswaram Kovil and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Borella All Saints Church.

Start your trip to Colombo by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Take a train from Bentota to Colombo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August in Colombo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Wolvendaal Church ©
Wolvendaal Church

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