15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Anuradhapura vacation planner .

Bengaluru, India to Anuradhapura is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

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

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 1st (Sun): explore the ancient world of Velgam Vehera, then stroll through Nilaveli Beach, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Trincomalee trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Trincomalee in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kalkudah.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

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

1
night
Kalkudah

Kalkudah ©
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): don't miss a visit to Coconut Cultural Park.

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Drive from Trincomalee to Kalkudah in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Tue) before leaving for 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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): see the interesting displays at Sigiriya Museum, delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Golden Temple of Dambulla.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Dambulla vacation maker tool .

You can drive from Kalkudah to Dambulla in 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Sigiriya
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
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.
For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kandy trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Dambulla to Kandy by car takes about 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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Bambarakanda Falls, then get outside with Devil's Staircase, and then see the interesting displays at Oak Ray Tea Factory & Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Fri): look for gifts at Mlesna Tea Castle.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Nuwara Eliya online travel planner .

You can drive from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya in 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

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

4
nights
Pinnawala

Pinnawala ©
The main attraction in Pinnawala is undoubtedly its elephant orphanage.
Let the collections at Panduwasnuwara Kingdom and Pinnawala Handicrafts Emporium capture your imagination. Do some cultural sightseeing at Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Polgahawela and Mahamevnawa Amadahara Buddhist Monastery Pinnawala. Venture out of the city with trips to Makandawa Forest Reserve (in Kitulgala) and Ethagala (in Kurunegala). Spend the 7th (Sat) surrounded by wildlife at Elephant Freedom Project. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Pinnawala trip itinerary maker .

You can 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'll travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Pinnawala

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

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

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Panadura Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Kalutara Bodhiya and Colombo National Museum. Step out of Colombo with an excursion to National Telecommunication Museum in Padukka--about 1h 10 min away. There's more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Ganeshism Studio Gallery and kick back and relax at Negombo Beach.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Colombo travel site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Pinnawala to Colombo in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Colombo can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. On the 13th (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Museums Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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