15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Dambulla
— 1 night
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Sigiriya
— 2 nights
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Polonnaruwa
— 1 night
4
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
5
Kandy
— 1 night
6
Arugam Bay
— 1 night
7
Ella
— 1 night
8
Udawalawa
— 1 night
9
Dondra
— 1 night
10
Unawatuna
— 1 night
11
Hikkaduwa
— 1 night
12
Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia
— 1 night
13
Colombo
— 1 night

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Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis, then don't miss a visit to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Temple of Dambulla, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Popham's Arboretum.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Dambulla road trip planning website.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Dambulla is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2.5 hours traveling from Riyadh to Dambulla. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Dambulla

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Popham's Arboretum ©
Popham's Arboretum
Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs ©
Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs

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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 3rd (Mon): make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, then don't miss a visit to Sigiriya, then view the masterpieces at Pethikada, and finally view the masterpieces at sigiri art gallery. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Sigiriya Museum and then explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Sigiriya trip itinerary planning site.

Sigiriya is just a stone's throw from Dambulla. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

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Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
On the 5th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Polonnaruwa, then don't miss a visit to Gal Vihara, then don't miss a visit to Thuparama, and finally delve into the distant past at Polonnaruwa Vatadage.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Polonnaruwa route app.

Getting from Sigiriya to Polonnaruwa by car takes about 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

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Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa
Gal Vihara ©
Gal Vihara
Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mihintale, and then admire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Anuradhapura travel route app.

You can drive from Polonnaruwa to Anuradhapura in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

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Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba

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Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asgiri Maha Vihara pirivena, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Kandy trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Anuradhapura to Kandy by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

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Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): head outdoors with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka and then enjoy the sand and surf at Arugam Bay.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Arugam Bay trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Kandy to Arugam Bay in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of train, taxi, and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature
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Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka ©
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): make a trip to Nine Arches Bridge, then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, then admire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden, and finally stop by R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Ella online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Arugam Bay to Ella in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Udawalawa.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Classes · Shopping
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge
Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden

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Udawalawa

On the 10th (Mon), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Udawalawa online sightseeing planner.

Drive from Ella to Udawalawa in 2 hours. August in Udawalawa sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Dondra.

Things to do in Udawalawa

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
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Safaris

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Dondra

Dondra ©
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Uthpalawarna Sri Vishnu Devalaya and then don't miss a visit to Dondra Head Lighthouse.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Dondra trip planner.

Traveling by car from Udawalawa to Dondra takes 2.5 hours. August in Dondra sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Dondra

Historic Sites
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Dondra Head Lighthouse ©
Dondra Head Lighthouse
Uthpalawarna Sri Vishnu Devalaya ©
Uthpalawarna Sri Vishnu Devalaya

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Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Palm-fringed beaches with golden sand, turquoise water, and a colorful coral reef are enough to draw any beachgoer to Unawatuna, but there's plenty to do off the beach here as well.
To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Unawatuna trip builder.

Traveling by car from Dondra to Unawatuna takes an hour. In August, daytime highs in Unawatuna are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Japanese Peace Pagoda ©
Japanese Peace Pagoda

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Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa ©
One of the most scenic beach resorts in Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa features a number of long white sand beaches with palm trees and gentle waves.
On the 13th (Thu), stop by Tea Zone, make a trip to Tsunami Honganji Vihara, then stroll through Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Hikkaduwa Beach.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Hikkaduwa holiday tool.

You can drive from Unawatuna to Hikkaduwa in an hour. In August, daytime highs in Hikkaduwa are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife
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Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Tsunami Honganji Vihara ©
Tsunami Honganji Vihara
Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa ©
Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa

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Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia

Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia, population 245,974 is the second largest Municipality in Sri Lanka, and covers an extent of 2109 hectares. Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): make a trip to Sri Vishnu Kovil, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Anjaneyar Temple.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Hikkaduwa to Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia takes 2 hours. August in Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to drive to Colombo.

Things to do in Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 13 — 14:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Sri Anjaneyar Temple ©
Sri Anjaneyar Temple

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Colombo

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 15th (Sat), make a trip to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, stop by Vogue Jewellers, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, and finally stroll around Galle Face Green.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Colombo trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia to Colombo takes an hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping
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Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara ©
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara

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