15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
+2
Fly + taxi + train:  19​h 30​min
1
Galle
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  3​h 30​min
2
Ella
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Habarana
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Kandy
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h
5
Colombo
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Lisbon

1
night
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
On the 16th (Thu), kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach and then steep yourself in history at Galle Fort. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Unawatuna Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Galle vacation planner .

Lisbon, Portugal to Galle is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Lisbon to Galle is 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Jungle Beach, Mirissa Beach
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, and then make a trip to Demodara Nine Arch Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the views from Bogoda Bridge, then get great views at Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Andrew's Church, and finally admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Ella trip planner .

Drive from Galle to Ella in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Habarana.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Haputale, Bogoda Wooden Bridge
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge

3
nights
Habarana

Habarana ©
Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Habarana: The Golden Temple (in Dambulla) and Lanka Silks (in Sigiriya). Spend the 22nd (Wed) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Sigiriya World Heritage Site, examine the collection at Pethikada, and step into the grandiose world of Golden Cave Temple.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Habarana online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Ella to Habarana takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Habarana

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Golden Temple of Dambulla, Minneriya National Park
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

3
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.
Step out of Kandy to go to Pinnawala and see Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace of Kandy, get engrossed in the history at Raja Museum, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kandy sightseeing app .

You can drive from Habarana to Kandy in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Royal Botanical Gardens, Knuckles Forest Reserve
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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

3
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Negombo (Negombo Beach & Dutch Fort). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, stroll through Viharamahadevi Park, appreciate the history behind Independence Memorial Hall, and enjoy the sand and surf at Mount Lavinia Beach.

For maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Colombo trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Colombo in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 30°C. On the 29th (Wed), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Negombo
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

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