15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Beirut
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Colombo
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Bentota
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Galle
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h
4
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Sigiriya
— 4 nights
Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: Beirut

3
nights
Colombo

Colombo ©
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
For shopping fun, head to Palace Seaside or Pettah. You'll explore and learn at Colombo National Museum and The Bandaranaike Museum. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, take in the exciting artwork at Ganeshism Studio Gallery, stroll through Mount Lavinia Beach, and kick back and relax at Negombo Beach.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Colombo itinerary maker .

Beirut, Lebanon to Colombo is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Traveling from Beirut to Colombo, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Beirut in January, with highs in Colombo at 37°C and lows at 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Bentota.

Things to do in Colombo

Shopping Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Negombo Beach, Palace Seaside
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 4:
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Ganeshism Studio Gallery ©
Ganeshism Studio Gallery
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach

2
nights
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Bentota Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at Tsunami Photo Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Vijayarama Viharaya, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Gem Bank Gems & Jewellery, explore the world behind art at Ranjiths Carving and Batik Museum, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Masjid ul Abrar.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Bentota road trip planner .

You can take a train from Colombo to Bentota in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. January in Bentota sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Bentota

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trips

Ranjiths Carving and Batik Museum, Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center, Masjid ul Abrar, Tsunami Photo Museum, Sri Vijayarama Viharaya
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum

3
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Relax by the water at Jungle Beach and Mihiripenna Beach. Visiting Dolphin & Whale Watching and Mirissa Beach will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galle: Hikkaduwa (Hikkaduwa Beach & Community Tsunami Museum). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, see the interesting displays at Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex, look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery, and look for gifts at Lak Gems & Jewellery.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Galle online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Bentota to Galle takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Mirissa, Hikkaduwa, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 9:
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

2
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 10th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Royal Botanical Gardens, then stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum. Keep things going the next day: browse for treasures at Sriya & Daya Curio Shop, examine the collection at Ceylon Tea Museum, see the interesting displays at Kandy Brasswear Village, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asgiriya Maha Viharaya, and finally stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kandy driving holiday planning app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Galle to Kandy in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Kandy

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

4
nights
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.
Visiting Golden Temple of Dambulla and Dhilip De Alwis will get you outdoors. Popular historic sites such as Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa are in your itinerary. Explore Sigiriya's surroundings by going to Aakarsha Gem House (in Matale), Arankelle Ancient Monastery (in Melsiripura) and Karu Arts & Crafts (in Naula). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mihintale, examine the collection at Sigiriya Museum, and view the masterpieces at Pethikada.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Sigiriya online trip planner .

You can drive from Kandy to Sigiriya in 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Aakarsha Gem House, Karu Arts & Crafts, Golden Temple of Dambulla, Arankelle Ancient Monastery, Mihintale
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 15:
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa

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