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

1
night
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 31st (Tue): explore the ancient world of Sigiriya. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Golden Temple of Dambulla, and finally don't miss a visit to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Sigiriya online holiday planner.

London, UK to Sigiriya is an approximately 16- hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or fly. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to India Standard Time (IST) is 5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Dambulla, Dhilip De Alwis
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala 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.
On the 2nd (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiri Vehera and then explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Yala National Park road trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Sigiriya to Yala National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In april, daily temperatures in Yala National Park can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Ella.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kiri Vehera
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Kiri Vehera ©
Kiri Vehera

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 4th (Sat): get a new perspective on nature at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, then admire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden, then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, and finally take in the views from Nine Arch Bridge. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya, admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Ella trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yala National Park to Ella. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Udawalawe 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

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.
On the 6th (Mon), stroll through Elephant Transit Home (ETH) and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park.

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Getting from Ella to Udawalawe National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. In april, daily temperatures in Udawalawe National Park can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

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

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Unawatuna: Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa), Bentota (Bentota Beach & Sea Turtle Protection Association) and Mirissa (LAZY.RIDE, Mirissa Beach, &more).

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Unawatuna travel route planning site.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Udawalawe National Park to Unawatuna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. april in Unawatuna sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mirissa, Bentota, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa, Galle Fort, Hikkaduwa Beach
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kandy: Dawson Tower (in Kadugannawa), Pinnawala (Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage & Luv SL) and Aluth Nuwara Dadimunda Devalaya (in Mawanella). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, browse the collection at Buddhist Publication Society, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens.

To see maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kandy online trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Unawatuna to Kandy in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Peradeniya, Pinnawala, Aluth Nuwara Dadimunda Devalaya, Dawson Tower
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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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