15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Geneva
Fly:  14 h 45 min
1
Colombo
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 15 min
2
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Ella
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 15 min
4
Unawatuna
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h 15 min
5
Kandy
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  16 h 30 min
End: Geneva

3
nights
Colombo

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Explore Colombo's surroundings by going to Negombo (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Negombo Beach). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, examine the collection at Colombo National Museum, and have some family-friendly fun at VRx.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Colombo travel route builder site.

Geneva, Switzerland to Colombo is an approximately 15- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, tram, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Geneva to Colombo is 4.5 hours. Traveling from Geneva in December, expect Colombo to be warmer, temps between 36°C and 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Negombo
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Food Tours
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Safaris

2
nights
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.
On the 18th (Fri), explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla, and then make a trip to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Pidurangala Rock and then explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Sigiriya tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Colombo to Sigiriya by combination of flight and taxi takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): look for gifts at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, then snap pictures at Nine Arches Bridge, and finally admire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls and then take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock.

Make your Ella itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Ella takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

3
nights
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.
Explore Unawatuna's surroundings by going to Hikkaduwa (Community Tsunami Museum & Hikkaduwa Beach), Bentota Beach (in Bentota) and Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, take in the spiritual surroundings of Unawatuna Devol Devalaya, stroll through Jungle Beach, and make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Unawatuna road trip website.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Ella to Unawatuna in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Unawatuna are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Mirissa, Bentota Beach, Galle Fort
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, then examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Euphoria Spice and Herbal, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Muthumariamman Temple, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kandy travel route planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Unawatuna to Kandy in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Matale, Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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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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