15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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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 + Train:  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 look for gifts at Jayamali Batiks Studio, and then stroll the grounds of Kandy War Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): examine the collection at Ceylon Tea Museum, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Udawattekele Sanctuary.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kandy travel planner.

London, UK to Kandy is an approximately 13- hour combination of train, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from London to Kandy, you'll lose 5.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Golf Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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): pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Church and then look for gifts at Mackwoods Tea Centre.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Nuwara Eliya road trip website.

You can drive from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya in 2.5 hours. 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, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, and then make a trip to Nine Arches Bridge.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Ella trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Nuwara Eliya to Ella in 2 hours. July in Ella sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Habarana.

Things to do in Ella

Nature Parks
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Golden Temple of Dambulla and Minneriya National Park. Explore hidden gems such as Ritigala Forest Monastery and Karu Arts & Crafts. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Habarana: Lanka Silks (in Sigiriya) and Polonnaruwa (Polonnaruwa Vatadage & Gal Potha). There's more to do: delve into the distant past at Sigiriya and take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Habarana trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Ella to Habarana in 4 hours. Another option is to take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Habarana

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Golden Temple of Dambulla, Minneriya National Park, Karu Arts & Crafts
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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Nilaveli Beach and Trincomalee Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Koneswaram Temple and Hoods Tower Museum. Take a break from Trincomalee with a short trip to Pigeon Island National Park in Nilaveli, about 56 minutes away. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Marble Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Seruwila Mangala Raja Maha Vihara, and glide peacefully along the water with Sail Lanka Charter.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Trincomalee route builder app.

You can drive from Habarana to Trincomalee in 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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): examine the collection at Abhayagiri Museum.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Anuradhapura using our trip planner.

You can drive from Trincomalee to Anuradhapura in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive 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, stop by Barefoot, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seema Malakaya Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Colombo tour itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Colombo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Colombo are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. You will leave for home on the 29th (Sun).

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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