15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Manama
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Colombo
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h
2
Kandy
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h
3
Galle
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
4
Nuwara Eliya
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Manama

3
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.
Relax by the water at Negombo Beach and Mount Lavinia Beach. Shop till you drop at Palace Seaside and Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct. Step out of Colombo with an excursion to Dolphin & Whale Watching in Kalutara--about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: hunt for treasures at Pettah, revel in the low prices at Noritake Factory Store, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Sebastian’s Church, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Colombo trip planner .

Manama, Bahrain to Colombo is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Arabia Standard Time to India Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Manama in August, things will get slightly colder in Colombo: highs are around 36°C and lows about 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Shopping Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Negombo, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Palace Seaside
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Pettah ©
Pettah
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach

3
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 Royal Botanical Gardens and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. Change things up with a short trip to Elephant Freedom Project in Kegalle (about 1h 15 min away). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and look for all kinds of wild species at Knuckles Forest Reserve.

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You can fly from Colombo to Kandy in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Royal Botanical Gardens, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Elephant Freedom Project
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Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project

3
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
For shopping fun, head to Tsunami Photo Museum or Lak Gems & Jewellery. Get outdoors at Bentota Beach and Jungle Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Galle: Ahungalla Beach (in Ahungalla), Mirissa (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Mirissa Beach) and Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa). There's more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Galle online trip builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Galle takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Mirissa, Hikkaduwa Beach, Bentota Beach, Tsunami Photo Museum
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Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

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.
On the 19th (Mon), look for gifts at Franciscan Sister's Jam Room, then admire the sheer force of Mohini falls, then identify plant and animal life at Horton Plains National Park, and finally explore the activities along Kande-ela Reservoir.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Nuwara Eliya trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Galle to Nuwara Eliya takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Kande-ela Reservoir ©
Kande-ela Reservoir

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, then take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, and then make a trip to Demodara Loop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, look for gifts at Ella Gem & Jewelry, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, then take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden, and finally take in the views from Demodara Nine Arch Bridge.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Ella attractions planning site .

Traveling by car from Nuwara Eliya to Ella takes 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Ravana Ella Falls ©
Ravana Ella Falls

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, then look for gifts at Karu Arts & Crafts, and then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Sigiriya sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Ella to Sigiriya in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Golden Temple of Dambulla, Karu Arts & Crafts, Minneriya National Park
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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