15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + taxi:  19​h 15​min
1
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Nuwara Eliya
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Ella
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Habarana
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Trincomalee
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Colombo
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h
End: London

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): tee off at Victoria Golf & Country Resort, then stop by Jayamali Batiks Studio, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Commonwealth War Cemetery. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Ceylon Tea Museum, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and finally identify plant and animal life at Udawattekele Sanctuary.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kandy trip itinerary planner.

London, UK to Kandy is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and train. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to India Standard Time (IST) is 5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Golf Outdoors

Side Trip

Victoria Golf & Country Resort
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Udawattekele Sanctuary ©
Udawattekele Sanctuary
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery

1
night
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 19th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then look for gifts at Mackwoods Labookellie Tea Centre.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Nuwara Eliya road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Shopping Historic Sites
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Holy Trinity Church ©
Holy Trinity Church

1
night
Ella

Ella ©
The relaxing hilltop village of Ella benefits from a more temperate climate than much of the rest of country thanks to its high elevation.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, and then snap pictures at Demodara Nine Arch Bridge.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Ella route planning website .

You can drive from Nuwara Eliya to Ella in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Habarana.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge

3
nights
Habarana

Habarana ©
Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
Visit Polonnaruwa Vatadage and Gal Potha for their historical value. Head to Karu Arts & Crafts and Lanka Silksfor some retail therapy. Step out of Habarana to go to Dambulla and see The Golden Temple, which is approximately 30 minutes away. Spend the 23rd (Mon) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Ritigala Forest Monastery, make a trip to Sigiriya World Heritage Site, and examine the collection at Pethikada.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Habarana online itinerary builder .

Drive from Ella to Habarana in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Habarana

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Minneriya National Park, Karu Arts & Crafts, Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Ritigala Forest Monastery ©
Ritigala Forest Monastery

3
nights
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hoods Tower Museum and Seruwila Mangala Raja Maha Vihara. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Nilaveli Beach and Marble Beach. When in Trincomalee, make a side trip to see Pigeon Island National Park in Nilaveli, approximately 54 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Koneswaram Temple, choose your vessel at Sail Lanka Charter, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Trincomalee Beach.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Trincomalee online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Habarana to Trincomalee takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. On the 27th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Nilaveli
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Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Marble Beach ©
Marble Beach

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.
For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Anuradhapura trip planning website .

You can drive from Trincomalee to Anuradhapura in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Colombo.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Museums
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Abhayagiri Museum ©
Abhayagiri Museum

1
night
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.
On the 28th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum, look for gifts at Barefoot, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Seema Malaka Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Colombo trip tool .

Traveling by train from Anuradhapura to Colombo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and flight. In July in Colombo, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum
Seema Malakaya Temple ©
Seema Malakaya Temple
Barefoot ©
Barefoot

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