15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, admire the landmark architecture of Ruwanwelisaya, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Isurumuniya Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Ritigala Forest Monastery, then appreciate the history behind 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, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Anuradhapura trip itinerary builder tool .

Dublin, Ireland to Anuradhapura is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Dublin to Anuradhapura is 5 hours. 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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Isurumuniya Temple ©
Isurumuniya Temple
Ritigala Forest Monastery ©
Ritigala Forest Monastery
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba

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): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nagadipa Purana Vihara, then steep yourself in history at Jaffna Fort, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nallur Kovil. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kadurugoda Buddhist Temple, appreciate the history behind Maruthanamadam Anjaneyar Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Naguleswaram Temple, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Casuarina Beach.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Jaffna online trip builder .

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Jaffna in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Kalkudah.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites Beaches Parks
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Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil ©
Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil
Nallur Kovil ©
Nallur Kovil
Nagadipa Purana Vihara ©
Nagadipa Purana Vihara

1
night
Kalkudah

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

To see traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kalkudah day trip website .

Drive from Jaffna to Kalkudah in 6 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Kalkudah

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Koneswaram Temple, then make a trip to Fort Frederick, then kick back and relax at Nilaveli Beach, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Trincomalee War Cemetery.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Trincomalee trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kalkudah to Trincomalee takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Nilaveli Beach
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Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
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.
Get some historical perspective at Dutch Reformed Church and Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara. Take a break from the city and head to Sinharaja Forest Reserve and Ahungalla Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Galle: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Kalutara) and Hikkaduwa (Scuba & Snorkeling & Community Tsunami Museum). There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Galle travel route planner .

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 in Galle, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can take a train to Colombo.

Things to do in Galle

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery, Ahungalla Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara
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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.
St Anthony's Shrine and Seema Malakaya Temple will appeal to history buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Elephant Freedom Project and Kayaking & Canoeing. The adventure continues: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, don't miss a visit to Independence Square, take in the spiritual surroundings of Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple, and pause for some serene contemplation at Borella All Saints Church.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Colombo visit site .

Traveling by train from Galle to Colombo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Colombo sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

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

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