15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Unawatuna
— 2 nights
2
Ella
— 2 nights
3
Polonnaruwa
— 2 nights
4
Sigiriya
— 1 night
5
Trincomalee
— 1 night
6
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
7
Kandy
— 3 nights

2
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Japanese Peace Pagoda and Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara. Explore Unawatuna's surroundings by going to Handunugoda Tea Estate (in Ahangama) and Hikkaduwa (Tsunami Honganji Vihara & Community Tsunami Museum). The adventure continues: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Unawatuna travel itinerary planner.

Sofia, Bulgaria to Unawatuna is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Traveling from Sofia to Unawatuna, you'll lose 3.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sofia in September: highs in Unawatuna hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Galle, Hikkaduwa, Handunugoda Tea Estate
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Japanese Peace Pagoda ©
Japanese Peace Pagoda
Handunugoda Tea Estate ©
Handunugoda Tea Estate

2
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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 12th (Sat): learn and have fun at Honey Bee Garden, thentake your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, and then take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, admire the natural beauty at Ella Spice Garden, and then look for gifts at R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

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Traveling by car from Unawatuna to Ella takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes
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Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden
Ella Spice Garden ©
Ella Spice Garden
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak

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nights
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Polonnaruwa, don't miss a visit to Gal Vihara, thenexplore the ancient world of Siva Devalaya (No 1), thenpause for some photo ops at Polonnaruwa Vatadage, and finally make a trip to Thuparama. On the next day, make a trip to Sandakada Pahana, thencontemplate the long history of Gal Potha, and then steep yourself in history at Lankathilaka Image House.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Polonnaruwa trip planner.

You can drive from Ella to Polonnaruwa in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites
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Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage
Gal Vihara ©
Gal Vihara
Sandakada Pahana ©
Sandakada Pahana

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis, don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, and then delve into the distant past at Sigiriya.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Sigiriya route site.

You can drive from Polonnaruwa to Sigiriya in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Dhilip De Alwis
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock
Dhilip De Alwis ©
Dhilip De Alwis

1
night
Trincomalee

Trincomalee ©
A center of Tamil culture and language, Trincomalee suffered greatly during the 30-year civil war, but the troubles haven't dimmed the natural and cultural charms of the place.
On the 17th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, and then kick back and relax at Nilaveli Beach.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Trincomalee vacation planning app.

You can drive from Sigiriya to Trincomalee in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Nilaveli Beach
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Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple ©
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple

2
nights
Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura ©
Explore the well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sri Lankan civilization and its former capital at Anuradhapura, a World Heritage Site and erstwhile center of Theravada Buddhism set amidst peaceful green parks.
On the 18th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, thenadmire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya, and then make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Mihintale, thenmake a trip to Isurumuniya Temple, and then see human ingenuity at work at Tissa Wewa.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Anuradhapura tour planner.

You can drive from Trincomalee to Anuradhapura in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks
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Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba

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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.
On the 20th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asgiri Maha Vihara pirivena, stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, thenstroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, thenstroll through Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahamevnawa Amadahara Buddhist Monastery Pinnawala.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kandy holiday maker site.

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Pinnawala, Royal Botanical Gardens
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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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