15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly + Taxi:  17 h
1
Galle
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 15 min
2
Dambulla
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h
3
Yala National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  2 h
6
Kandy
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  15 h 45 min
End: Manchester

2
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Explore Galle's surroundings by going to Mirissa (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Mirissa Beach) and Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, take in the waterfront activity at Hikkaduwa Harbour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Naga Viharaya, and don't miss a visit to Japanese Peace Pagoda.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Galle travel planner.

Manchester, UK to Galle is an approximately 17- hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to India Standard Time is 5 hours. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Manchester in November: high temperatures in Galle hover around 36°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Mirissa, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

3
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Dambulla: Polonnaruwa (in Polonnaruwa), Pidurangala Rock (in Sigiriya) and Euphoria Spice and Herbal (in Matale). Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla, don't miss a visit to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park, and take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Dambulla trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Galle to Dambulla by combination of flight and taxi takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Minneriya National Park, Polonnaruwa, Euphoria Spice and Herbal
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

2
nights
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 4th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiri Vehera and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Yala National Park holiday app.

You can fly from Dambulla to Yala National Park in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Yala National Park can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Ella.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Kiri Vehera
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Safaris
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 6th (Sun): 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 admire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya, admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, and then explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Ella trip itinerary planning app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yala National Park to Ella. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive 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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): stroll through Elephant Transit Home (ETH) and then explore the striking landscape of Udawalawe National Park.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Udawalawe National Park online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Ella to Udawalawe National Park in 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

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

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 9th (Wed): explore the activities along Kandy Lake, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then make a trip to Kandy view point, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens. On the 10th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Pinnawala Handicrafts Emporium, stroll through Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, and then stroll through Pinnawala Jumbos.

For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kandy sightseeing planner.

Getting from Udawalawe National Park to Kandy by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. On the 11th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pinnawala, Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Jumbos
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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

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