15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Doha
Fly + Taxi:  12​h 45​min
1
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Habarana
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Netolpitiya
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Galle
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  11​h
End: Doha

2
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Sri Maha Boodhi Temple and Dagoba of Thuparama. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi and Jethawanaramaya Dagoba. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Isurumuniya Temple, explore the activities along Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna), explore the ancient world of Short Handed Statue, and appreciate the history behind Abhayagiri Dagoba.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Anuradhapura trip planner .

Doha, Qatar to Anuradhapura is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Arabia Standard Time (AST) to India Standard Time (IST) is 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can go by car to Habarana.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Isurumuniya Temple ©
Isurumuniya Temple
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba

3
nights
Habarana

Habarana ©
Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kaudulla National Park. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Hurulu Eco Park, stop by Lanka Silks, then Head underground at The Golden Temple, and finally look for gifts at Karu Arts & Crafts.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Habarana online journey planner .

Getting from Anuradhapura to Habarana by car takes about 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Habarana

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Golden Temple of Dambulla, Karu Arts & Crafts, Lanka Silks
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Hurulu Eco Park ©
Hurulu Eco Park
Kaudulla National Park ©
Kaudulla National Park

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 23rd (Tue), look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, stop by Jayamali Batiks Studio, then contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum. On the next day, stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Commonwealth War Cemetery, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Kandy planner .

You can drive from Habarana to Kandy in 2 hours. On the 25th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Netolpitiya.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery

3
nights
Netolpitiya

Netolpitiya ©
Most people take a trip to Netolpitiya to enjoy a classic beach holiday.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Bundala National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sat): view the masterpieces at Indika Art Gallery, contemplate the long history of Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa).

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Netolpitiya itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Kandy to Netolpitiya in 6 hours. In January in Netolpitiya, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Galle.

Things to do in Netolpitiya

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Tangalle, Bundala National Park
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Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park
Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) ©
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara ©
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara

3
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Community Tsunami Museum and Tsunami Photo Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project and Mirissa Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galle: Mirissa (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Spas & Wellness). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, stop by Lihiniya Gems, and pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch Reformed Church.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Galle driving holiday planner .

Getting from Netolpitiya to Galle by car takes about 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Mirissa, Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project, Tsunami Photo Museum, Jungle Beach, Community Tsunami Museum
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Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Dutch Reformed Church ©
Dutch Reformed Church
Community Tsunami Museum ©
Community Tsunami Museum

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