15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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1
Dambulla
— 3 nights
2
Ella
— 2 nights
3
Galle
— 2 nights
4
Colombo
— 2 nights
5
Kandy
— 4 nights

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Spas (in Habarana) and Pidurangala Rock (in Sigiriya). Spend the 26th (Wed) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, see Off-Road Tours, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sath Paththini Devalaya, and explore the ancient world of Sigiriya.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Dambulla trip itinerary builder tool.

San Francisco, USA to Dambulla is an approximately 24-hour flight. Traveling from San Francisco to Dambulla, you'll lose 13.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Dambulla

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Minneriya National Park, Spas
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, thentake your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, thentake in the views from Nine Arches Bridge, and finally indulge your taste buds at Honey Bee Garden. On your second day here, admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls and then explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock.

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Drive from Dambulla to Ella in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around °F in August, and nighttime lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge

2
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
On the 29th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara, thensteep yourself in history at Galle Fort, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery, thensee majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then kick back and relax at Jungle Beach.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Galle trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ella to Galle takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Galle can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Colombo.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Jungle Beach
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Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
On the 31st (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Colombo National Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, thenstop by Lakarcade, and finally stroll around Galle Face Green. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Negombo Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Muthurajawela Marsh.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Colombo day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Galle to Colombo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. August in Colombo sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Negombo
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Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Lakarcade ©
Lakarcade

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kandy: Millennium Elephant Foundation (in Kegalle) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, don't miss a visit to Royal Botanical Gardens, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Kandy holiday planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and train from Colombo to Kandy in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Knuckles Forest Reserve, Millennium Elephant Foundation, Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

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