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:  16​h 15​min
1
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Anuradhapura
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Trincomalee
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Polonnaruwa
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  4​h 30​min
5
Kosgoda
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
6
Colombo
— 3 nights
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 18th (Wed): examine the collection at Ceylon Tea Museum, then play a few rounds at Victoria Golf & Country Resort, and then stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Udawattekele Sanctuary and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Commonwealth War Cemetery.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kandy vacation 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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from London to Kandy. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Kandy

Golf Outdoors Parks

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

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.
Get in touch with nature at Eth Pokuna and Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dagoba of Thuparama and Mihintale. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Ranmasu Uyana, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba, make a trip to Moonstone or Sandakada pahana, and appreciate the history behind Short Handed Statue.

Start your trip to Anuradhapura by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Drive from Kandy to Anuradhapura in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Outdoors Nature
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Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Eth Pokuna ©
Eth Pokuna
Dagoba of Thuparama ©
Dagoba of Thuparama

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon): choose your vessel at Sail Lanka Charter and then enjoy the sand and surf at Trincomalee Beach.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Trincomalee trip planning site .

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Trincomalee in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Adventure Transportation
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Sail Lanka Charter ©
Sail Lanka Charter
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery
Trincomalee Beach ©
Trincomalee Beach

2
nights
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gal Potha, contemplate the long history of Nishshanka Latha Mandapaya, pause for some photo ops at Polonnaruwa Vatadage, steep yourself in history at Rankoth Vehera, then contemplate the long history of Lankathilaka Image House, and finally get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Lotus Pond, steep yourself in history at Sathmahal Prasada, then make a trip to Sandakada Pahana, and finally explore the ancient world of Weijantha Prasada.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Polonnaruwa trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Trincomalee to Polonnaruwa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Kosgoda.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites Museums
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Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage
Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House
Sathmahal Prasada ©
Sathmahal Prasada

1
night
Kosgoda

Kosgoda ©
On the 27th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kowilawatta Temple, then take in the exciting artwork at Tsunami Photo Museum, and finally stroll through Ahungalla Beach. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Madu Ganga Biodiversity Area, examine the collection at Ariyapala & Sons, and then see the interesting displays at Sri Vijayarama Viharaya.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kosgoda planning tool .

Traveling by car from Polonnaruwa to Kosgoda takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or do a combination of taxi and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can take a train to Colombo.

Things to do in Kosgoda

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Balapitiya, Ambalangoda, Tsunami Photo Museum, Ahungalla Beach
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Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum

3
nights
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 29th (Sun), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Church. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the history behind Independence Memorial Hall, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mount Lavinia Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Panadura Beach.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Colombo trip planner .

Getting from Kosgoda to Colombo by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In July, daytime highs in Colombo are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. On the 31st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Negombo, Panadura Beach
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Panadura Beach ©
Panadura Beach
Mount Lavinia Beach ©
Mount Lavinia Beach

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