15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka tour planner
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Taxi to Diyawanna Oya, Fly to Kandy
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Kandy
— 1 night
Drive
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Anuradhapura
— 3 nights
Drive
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Trincomalee
— 2 nights
Drive
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Polonnaruwa
— 1 night
Drive
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Ella
— 3 nights
Drive
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Galle
— 3 nights
Fly
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Jaffna
— 1 night
Fly

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Kandy — 1 night

Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
On the 7th (Sat), explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery and then make a trip to Royal Botanical Gardens. On your second day here, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, then examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kandy journey maker tool.

Colombo to Kandy is an approximately 3-hour combination of taxi and flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Anuradhapura.
Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wildlife
Side Trip

Anuradhapura — 3 nights

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Ruwanwelisaya and Isurumuniya Temple. Change things up with a short trip to Golden Temple of Dambulla in Dambulla (about 1h 25 min away). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, and appreciate the history behind Abhayagiri Dagaba.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Anuradhapura tour itinerary app.

You can drive from Kandy to Anuradhapura in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and train; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Trincomalee.
Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Side Trip

Trincomalee — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Nilaveli Beach and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll the grounds of Trincomalee War Cemetery and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Koneswaram Temple.

To find ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Trincomalee online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Trincomalee takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to Polonnaruwa.
Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours
Side Trip

Polonnaruwa — 1 night

Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
On the 14th (Sat), appreciate the history behind Polonnaruwa Vatadage and then appreciate the history behind Gal Vihara.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Polonnaruwa trip maker app.

Getting from Trincomalee to Polonnaruwa by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Ella.
Historic Sites

Ella — 3 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Lipton’s Seat and R. M. S Antique And Brassware. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Ella Spice Garden, learn the tricks of the trade with Honey Bee Garden, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, and take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Ella trip planner.

Traveling by car from Polonnaruwa to Ella takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Galle.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Classes
Side Trip

Galle — 3 nights

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Beruwala Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. The adventure continues: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, stroll through Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Church.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Galle sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Ella to Galle takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Galle can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Jaffna.
Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors
Side Trips
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Jaffna — 1 night

A center of Tamil culture, the city of Jaffna remains in the process of rebuilding after suffering greatly during the civil war.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): delve into the distant past at Ruins of King Sangiliyan's Minister's Residence and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nallur Kovil.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Jaffna tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Galle to Jaffna in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can fly back home.
Historic Sites

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.