15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + Taxi:  13​h 45​min
1
Anuradhapura
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Trincomalee
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  6​h 15​min
3
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Galle
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1​h
5
Kandy
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Melbourne

3
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.
Visit Sigiriya and Ritigala Forest Monastery for their historical value. Explore hidden gems such as Ruwanwelisaya and Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi. Go for a jaunt from Anuradhapura to Dambulla to see Dambulla Dedicated Economic Centre about 1h 15 min away. It doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Isurumuniya Temple and make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Anuradhapura visit planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Anuradhapura is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Melbourne to Anuradhapura due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Dambulla Dedicated Economic Centre
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Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Ritigala Forest Monastery ©
Ritigala Forest Monastery
Isurumuniya Temple ©
Isurumuniya Temple

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Nilaveli Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Koneswaram Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mamangam Temple, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then stroll the grounds of Trincomalee War Cemetery.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Trincomalee trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Trincomalee in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Uda Walawe National Park.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trip

Nilaveli Beach
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Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery

1
night
Udawalawe National Park

Udawalawe National Park ©
One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Uda Walawe National Park.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Uda Walawe National Park trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Trincomalee to Uda Walawe National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. April in Uda Walawe National Park sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Nature Wildlife Parks
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Udawalawe National Park ©
Udawalawe National Park

3
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Ahungalla Beach. Get some cultural insight at Tsunami Photo Museum and Galle Fort. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Galle: Community Tsunami Museum (in Hikkaduwa), Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching) and Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center (in Kosgoda). There's more to do: stop by Cara Jewellers and enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Galle trip planner .

You can drive from Uda Walawe National Park to Galle in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In April in Galle, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Mirissa, Unawatuna, Community Tsunami Museum, Ahungalla Beach, Tsunami Photo Museum
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Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Golden Temple of Dambulla and Kandy Lake. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kandy Garrison Cemetery and Jayamali Batiks Studio. Go for a jaunt from Kandy to Pinnawala to see Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, take in the spiritual surroundings of Asgiriya Maha Viharaya, stroll the grounds of Kandy War Cemetery, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Kandy road trip site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Galle to Kandy in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla

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