15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + Taxi:  14 h
1
Kandy
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h 15 min
2
Unawatuna
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h
3
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Yala National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
6
Sigiriya
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  15 h 45 min
End: London

2
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kandy: Aluth Nuwara Dadimunda Devalaya (in Mawanella), Pinnawala (Pinnawala Handicrafts Emporium & Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage) and Dawson Tower (in Kadugannawa). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum, take an in-depth tour of Raja Museum, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kandy travel planning app.

London, UK to Kandy is an approximately 14- hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to India Standard Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Pinnawala, Dawson Tower, Royal Botanical Gardens, Aluth Nuwara Dadimunda Devalaya
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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

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Unawatuna: Hikkaduwa (Saffron Robes, Hikkaduwa Beach, &more), Bentota (Bentota Beach & Sea Turtle Protection Association) and Kowilawatta Temple (in Balapitiya).

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Unawatuna road trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Unawatuna in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In February in Unawatuna, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

1
night
Udawalawe National Park

Udawalawe 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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Transit Home (ETH) and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Udawalawe National Park.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Udawalawe National Park tour planner.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Unawatuna to Udawalawe National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In February, daily temperatures in Udawalawe National Park can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)

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.
On the 22nd (Mon), look for gifts at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, then take in the views from Nine Arch Bridge, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya, take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Ella sightseeing planner.

Getting from Udawalawe National Park to Ella by car takes about 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes

Side Trip

Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

2
nights
Yala National Park

Yala National Park ©
One of the most popular national parks in the country, Yala National Park boasts a wide variety of animals, and does important work in conserving and growing populations.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiri Vehera and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park. On the 25th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Okanda Devalaya.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Yala National Park trip itinerary maker site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ella to Yala National Park. In February in Yala National Park, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kiri Vehera
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Kiri Vehera ©
Kiri Vehera
Okanda Devalaya ©
Okanda Devalaya

3
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 26th (Fri), delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, and then don't miss a visit to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sat): make a trip to Pidurangala Rock and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Sigiriya online tour itinerary builder.

You can fly from Yala National Park to Sigiriya in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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