15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Bengaluru
Fly + Taxi:  23 h
1
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
2
Trincomalee
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Kalkudah
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Dambulla
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Kandy
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Nuwara Eliya
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
7
Pinnawala
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
8
Colombo
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
End: Bengaluru

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 31st (Sat): examine the collection at Abhayagiri Museum and then explore the ancient world of Ranmasu Uyana.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Anuradhapura trip planner.

Bengaluru, India to Anuradhapura is an approximately 8-hour flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Museums Historic Sites
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Abhayagiri Museum ©
Abhayagiri Museum
Ranmasu Uyana ©
Ranmasu Uyana

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 1st (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Velgam Vehera, stroll through Nilaveli Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Trincomalee trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Anuradhapura to Trincomalee by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can drive to Kalkudah.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Nilaveli
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Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Velgam Vehera ©
Velgam Vehera

1
night
Kalkudah

Kalkudah ©
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): make a trip to Coconut Cultural Park.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kalkudah online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Trincomalee to Kalkudah in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Dambulla.
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Coconut Cultural Park ©
Coconut Cultural Park

1
night
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
On the 3rd (Tue), examine the collection at Sigiriya Museum, thenexplore the ancient world of Sigiriya, and then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Dambulla attractions site.

Getting from Kalkudah to Dambulla by car takes about 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Sigiriya
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Sigiriya Museum ©
Sigiriya Museum

1
day
Kandy

Kandy
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kandy online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Dambulla to Kandy in 2.5 hours. On the 4th (Wed), you'll travel to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Kandy

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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2
nights
Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya ©
Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
On the 5th (Thu), take in the dramatic scenery at Bambarakanda Falls, thenget outside with Devil's Staircase, and then examine the collection at Oak Ray Tea Factory & Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Mlesna Tea Castle.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Nuwara Eliya tour site.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Pinnawala.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Mlesna Tea Castle, Oak Ray Tea Factory & Museum, Devil's Staircase, Bambarakanda Falls
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Bambarakanda Falls ©
Bambarakanda Falls
Oak Ray Tea Factory & Museum ©
Oak Ray Tea Factory & Museum
Mlesna Tea Castle ©
Mlesna Tea Castle

4
nights
Pinnawala

Pinnawala ©
The main attraction in Pinnawala is undoubtedly its elephant orphanage.
Visiting Elephant Freedom Project and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage will get you outdoors. Museum-lovers will get to explore Panduwasnuwara Kingdom and Pinnawala Handicrafts Emporium. Venture out of the city with trips to Makandawa Forest Reserve (in Kitulgala) and Ethagala (in Kurunegala). There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pinnawala Jumbos and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahamevnawa Amadahara Buddhist Monastery Pinnawala.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Pinnawala route planner.

Drive from Nuwara Eliya to Pinnawala in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in September, and nighttime lows around 29°C. On the 10th (Tue), you're off to Colombo.

Things to do in Pinnawala

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Kegalle, Kurunegala, Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Polgahawela, Makandawa Forest Reserve
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Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Polgahawela ©

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Panadura Beach and Negombo Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Dolphin & Whale Watching and National Telecommunication Museum. Take a break from Colombo with a short trip to Kalutara Bodhiya in Kalutara, about 1h 30 min away. It doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum and take in the exciting artwork at Ganeshism Studio Gallery.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Colombo planner.

You can drive from Pinnawala to Colombo in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of taxi and train. In September, daytime highs in Colombo are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. You'll set off for home on the 13th (Fri).

Things to do in Colombo

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Kalutara, Negombo Beach, National Telecommunication Museum, Panadura Beach
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Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Kalutara Bodhiya ©
Kalutara Bodhiya

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