15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Zurich
Fly:  12 h 15 min
1
Colombo
— 2 nights
Train + Taxi:  1 h 45 min
2
Dambulla
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  2 h
3
Yala National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
4
Ella
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  3 h 30 min
5
Galle
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h
6
Kandy
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  13 h 45 min
End: Zurich

2
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Negombo (Negombo Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, examine the collection at Colombo National Museum, stroll around Galle Face Green, and get engrossed in the history at The Bandaranaike Museum.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Colombo day trip website.

Zurich, Switzerland to Colombo is an approximately 12.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 4.5 hours traveling from Zurich to Colombo due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Zurich in January: high temperatures in Colombo hover around 37°C and lows are around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Negombo
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

2
nights
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 15th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, stroll through Dhilip De Alwis, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Euphoria Spice and Herbal, then make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Dambulla trip planner.

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Colombo to Dambulla in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Dhilip De Alwis, Euphoria Spice and Herbal
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 16:
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

1
night
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 17th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park.

To see maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Yala National Park itinerary builder app.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Dambulla to Yala National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Yala National Park can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Nature Parks
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): snap pictures at Nine Arches Bridge, then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, then take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden, and finally look for gifts at R. M. S Antique And Brassware. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya, then admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, and then explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Ella trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Yala National Park to Ella takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Galle.

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
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge

3
nights
Galle

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Venture out of the city with trips to Bentota Beach (in Bentota), Hikkaduwa (Community Tsunami Museum & Hikkaduwa Beach) and Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, stroll through Jungle Beach, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and look for gifts at Lak Gems & Jewellery.

To see ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Galle trip tool.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Ella to Galle in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. January in Galle sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Mirissa, Bentota Beach, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 22:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota 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.
When in Kandy, make a side trip to see Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala, approximately Pinnawala away. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and make a trip to Kandy view point.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Kandy trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Galle to Kandy in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. On the 25th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 25:
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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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