15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Tallinn
Fly:  17 h
1
Colombo
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h 45 min
2
Pinnawala
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h 45 min
3
Galle
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h
4
Kandy
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  1 h
5
Tissamaharama
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 15 min
7
Sigiriya
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  19 h 15 min
End: Tallinn

2
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.
Visit Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple and Borella All Saints Church for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Colombo side-trips: Bentota (Dolphin & Whale Watching, Sea Turtle Protection Association, &more). There's still lots to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, take in the exciting artwork at Ganeshism Studio Gallery, and stop by Urban Island.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Colombo online travel planner.

Tallinn, Estonia to Colombo is an approximately 17- hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to India Standard Time (IST) is 3 hours. While traveling from Tallinn, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Colombo, ranging from highs of 37°C to lows of 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Pinnawala.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Bentota
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 23:
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Safaris
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Pinnawala

Pinnawala ©
The main attraction in Pinnawala is undoubtedly its elephant orphanage.
On the 24th (Fri), stroll through Millennium Elephant Foundation and then stroll through Elephant Freedom Project. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Siri Gautama Sambuddharaja Maligawa and then stroll through Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Pinnawala online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Colombo to Pinnawala takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. July in Pinnawala sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Pinnawala

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kegalle, Siri Gautama Sambuddharaja Maligawa
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 25:
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Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Siri Gautama Sambuddharaja Maligawa ©
Siri Gautama Sambuddharaja Maligawa

2
nights
Galle

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
On the 26th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Farm, then stop by Stick No Bills Poster Gallery, then contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Mary's Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then stroll through Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery.

To find maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Galle trip maker app.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Pinnawala to Galle in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In July, daily temperatures in Galle can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Wildlife Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Jungle Beach, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 27:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara ©
Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara

1
night
Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kandy online trip maker.

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 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

1
night
Tissamaharama

Tourism in Tissamaharama revolves around the town's vast historic and cultural heritage, with the surroundings of scenic paddy fields adding to the ambiance.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To find out how to plan a trip to Tissamaharama, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Tissamaharama takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In July in Tissamaharama, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Safaris
Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara ©
Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara

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 30th (Thu): stroll through Elephant Transit Home (ETH) and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Udawalawe National Park online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tissamaharama to Udawalawe National Park takes 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Udawalawe National Park can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)

4
nights
Sigiriya

Sigiriya ©
The historic rock of the same name dominates the landscape of World Heritage-listed Sigiriya, where the steep and striking lava plug contains the ruins of an ancient empire.
Visit Sigiriya and Golden Temple of Dambulla for their historical value. Step out of Sigiriya with an excursion to Kaudulla National Park in Habarana--about 46 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Sigiriya trip itinerary maker website.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Udawalawe National Park to Sigiriya in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Habarana, Golden Temple of Dambulla
Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 3:
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Safaris

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