15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Colombo
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 45​min
2
Nuwara Eliya
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Dambulla
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
4
Habarana
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  3​h 15​min
5
Bentota
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
6
Hikkaduwa
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Mumbai

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, and then stroll through Galle Face Green. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Negombo Beach and then gain a rich perspective with a tour of cultural highlights.

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Mumbai, India to Colombo is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Negombo Beach
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sita Temple, then admire the natural beauty at Victoria Park of Nuwara Eliya, then look for gifts at Mackwoods Labookellie Tea Centre, and finally experience rural life at Bluefield Tea Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Tue): play a few rounds at Nuwara Eliya Golf Course, don't miss a visit to Pedro Tea Factory , and then explore the activities along Gregory Lake.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Nuwara Eliya online tour planner .

Getting from Colombo to Nuwara Eliya by combination of flight and taxi takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Dambulla.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Golf Outdoors
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Gregory Lake ©
Gregory Lake
Sita Temple ©
Sita Temple
Nuwara Eliya Golf Course ©
Nuwara Eliya Golf Course

2
nights
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 1st (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Golden Cave Temple, then Head underground at The Golden Temple, then look for gifts at Karu Arts & Crafts, and finally admire all the interesting features of Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): look for gifts at Lanka Silks, get outside with Jathika Namal Uyana, and then pause for some photo ops at Avukana Buddha Statue.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Dambulla road trip planning site .

You can drive from Nuwara Eliya to Dambulla in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Habarana.

Things to do in Dambulla

Outdoors Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Karu Arts & Crafts, Avukana Buddha Statue, Lanka Silks
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Avukana Buddha Statue ©
Avukana Buddha Statue
Karu Arts & Crafts ©
Karu Arts & Crafts

2
nights
Habarana

Habarana ©
Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
On the 3rd (Fri), explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, make a trip to Sigiriya World Heritage Site, and then make a trip to Pidurangala Rock.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Habarana trip maker tool .

Habarana is very close to Dambulla. On the 5th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Bentota.

Things to do in Habarana

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

3
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): look for all kinds of wild species at Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project, then identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle Protection Association, and then kick back and relax at Bentota Beach.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Bentota attractions planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Habarana to Bentota in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and flight. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Bentota

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kalutara, Kosgoda
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Sea Turtle Protection Association ©

2
nights
Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa ©
One of the most scenic beach resorts in Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa features a number of long white sand beaches with palm trees and gentle waves.
On the 8th (Wed), kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, then look for gifts at Embark, then contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, and finally view the masterpieces at Saffron Robes Gallery and Studio. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Unawatuna Beach.

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Traveling by car from Bentota to Hikkaduwa takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Galle, Mirissa Beach, Jungle Beach
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Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach

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