15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka trip planner

This plan was created by another user.  Make it your plan

Route & dates

15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  8​h
1
Colombo
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
2
Kalutara
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  1​h 30​min
3
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Dambulla
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Nuwara Eliya
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Ella
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Galle
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
8
Colombo
— Few hours
Fly:  8​h
End: Dubai

2
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque as well as Day Excursions Sri Lanka. On the 4th (Fri), get a dose of the wild on Day Excursions Sri Lanka.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Colombo route planner .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Colombo is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dubai to Colombo. Traveling from Dubai in May, you will find days in Colombo are little chillier (38°C), and nights are about the same (30°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Negombo Beach
Find places to stay Jun 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque ©
Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque
Independence Memorial Hall ©
Independence Memorial Hall

1
night
Kalutara

Kalutara ©
A popular beachside getaway just an hour south of Colombo, Kalutara is as recognizable for its enormous white Buddhist stupa as for its inviting white-sand beaches.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Ranjiths Carving and Batik Museum and then stroll through Wadduwa Beach. On your second day here, stroll through Panadura Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at West Coast Tattoo Studio, then pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Cross Church Kalutara, and finally surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kalutara journey maker .

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Colombo to Kalutara takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in June, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Kalutara

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Wadduwa Beach, Panadura Beach
Find places to stay Jun 4 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Panadura Beach ©
Panadura Beach
Holy Cross Church Kalutara ©
Holy Cross Church Kalutara

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue and Kandy Market Hall. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): stop by Kandy Market Hall, then stop by Jayamali Batiks Studio, and then appreciate the history behind Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kandy attractions planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Colombo to Kandy in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. On the 7th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Ella.

Things to do in Kandy

Shopping Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Find places to stay Jun 5 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Jayamali Batiks Studio ©
Jayamali Batiks Studio
Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue ©
Kandy Market Hall ©
Kandy Market Hall

2
nights
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
On the 8th (Sat), admire the natural beauty at Popham's Arboretum. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ederagala Wana Senasuna, then steep yourself in history at Kaludiya Pokuna, then stop by Lanka Silks, and finally get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Dambulla trip itinerary planning app .

Drive from Kandy to Dambulla in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Dambulla

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Habarana
Find places to stay Jun 8 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Popham's Arboretum ©
Popham's Arboretum
Ederagala Wana Senasuna ©
Ederagala Wana Senasuna
kaludiya Pokuna ©
kaludiya Pokuna

2
nights
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.
Keep things going the next day: tee off at Nuwara Eliya Golf Course and then head outdoors with Piduruthalagala Forest Reserve.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Nuwara Eliya vacation website .

You can drive from Dambulla to Nuwara Eliya in 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Outdoors Parks Nature
Find places to stay Jun 10 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Nuwara Eliya Golf Course ©
Nuwara Eliya Golf Course
Moon Plains ©
Moon Plains
Holy Trinity Church ©
Holy Trinity Church

2
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Demodara Nine Arch Bridge as well as Little Adam's Peak. On the 8th (Tue), take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, snap pictures at Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Ella trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Ella takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 29°C. On the 9th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale
Find places to stay Jun 12 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge

2
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery, kick back and relax at Mihiripenna Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Dalawella Beach, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Church. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Galle day trip planning site .

Getting from Ella to Galle by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. June in Galle sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Colombo.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Mihiripenna Beach, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery
Find places to stay Jun 14 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Dutch Reformed Church ©
Dutch Reformed Church
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Mihiripenna Beach ©
Mihiripenna Beach

few
hours
Colombo

Colombo
To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Colombo online day trip planner .

Getting from Mirissa to Colombo by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. On the 11th (Fri), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Jun 16 — 17:

Similar Plans

16 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM INDIA May, teens, kids, outdoors, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, teens, kids, outdoors, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 16 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM September, popular sights PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 17 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM SAUDI ARABIA June, popular sights PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 17 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM November, popular sights PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 17 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA May, popular sights PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 18 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM IRELAND July, popular sights PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 18 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM GERMANY December, popular sights PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 18 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM SAUDI ARABIA June, popular sights PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 17 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA June, kids, outdoors, beaches, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, kids, outdoors, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 16 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM June, culture, beaches, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, culture, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 16 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM BELGIUM July, culture, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 16 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM September, popular sights PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium
View more plans