15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Dublin
Fly + Taxi:  19 h
1
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Jaffna
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h
3
Kalkudah
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Trincomalee
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 30 min
5
Galle
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
6
Colombo
— 4 nights
Fly:  16 h 15 min
End: Dublin

1
night
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 (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, admire the landmark architecture of Ruwanwelisaya, and then don't miss a visit to Isurumuniya Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Ritigala Forest Monastery, then pause for some photo ops at Samadhi Statue, then don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, and finally appreciate the history behind Abhayagiri Dagaba.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Anuradhapura online day trip planner.

Dublin, Ireland to Anuradhapura is an approximately 18.5- hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to India Standard Time, which is usually a 5.5 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Jaffna.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites
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Ritigala Forest Monastery ©
Ritigala Forest Monastery
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba
Abhayagiri Dagaba ©
Abhayagiri Dagaba

2
nights
Jaffna

Jaffna ©
A center of Tamil culture, the city of Jaffna remains in the process of rebuilding after suffering greatly during the civil war.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nagadipa Purana Vihara, then contemplate the long history of Jaffna Fort, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nallur Kovil. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kadurugoda Buddhist Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Maruthanamadam Anjaneyar Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naguleswaram Temple, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Casuarina Beach.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Jaffna tour itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Jaffna in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Kalkudah.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil ©
Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil
Nagadipa Purana Vihara ©
Nagadipa Purana Vihara
Jaffna Fort ©
Jaffna Fort

1
night
Kalkudah

Kalkudah ©
On the 22nd (Sun), don't miss a visit to Coconut Cultural Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at Passikudah Beach.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Kalkudah trip planner.

Drive from Jaffna to Kalkudah in 6.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Kalkudah

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Passikudah Beach ©
Passikudah Beach
Coconut Cultural Park ©
Coconut Cultural Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple, then make a trip to Fort Frederick, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nilaveli Beach, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Trincomalee War Cemetery.

For ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Trincomalee trip itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Kalkudah to Trincomalee in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Nilaveli Beach
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Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery
Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple

4
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Dutch Reformed Church and Community Tsunami Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sinharaja Forest Reserve and Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa. Explore Galle's surroundings by going to Ahungalla Beach (in Ahungalla), Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Kalutara) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Hikkaduwa). It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara and delve into the distant past at Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Galle day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Trincomalee to Galle takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Colombo.

Things to do in Galle

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery, Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa, Ahungalla Beach
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Dutch Reformed Church ©
Dutch Reformed Church
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Sinharaja Forest Reserve ©
Sinharaja Forest Reserve

4
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple and Seema Malakaya Temple. Get in touch with nature at Elephant Freedom Project and Dolphin & Whale Watching. And it doesn't end there: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, don't miss a visit to Independence Square, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Anthony's Shrine.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Colombo trip planning tool.

You can take a train from Galle to Colombo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Colombo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. On the 31st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Elephant Freedom Project
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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