15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Kandy
— 3 nights
Fly
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Galle
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ella
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Fly
5
Dambulla
— 3 nights
Drive
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Pinnawala
— 2 nights
Drive to Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport, Fly to Johannesburg

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Kandy

— 3 nights
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Kandy is known for historic sites, nature, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, tour the pleasant surroundings at Udawattekele Sanctuary, and stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items.

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Johannesburg, South Africa to Kandy is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Johannesburg to Kandy is 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to fly to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

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Galle

— 3 nights
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Change things up with these side-trips from Galle: Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa) and Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, stroll through Sinharaja Forest Reserve, and kick back and relax at Jungle Beach.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Galle trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Kandy to Galle takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In March, daytime highs in Galle are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Galle

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 4 — 7:

Ella

— 2 nights
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 8th (Tue): indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, and then take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls and then explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Ella day trip planning app.

Drive from Galle to Ella in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Tours
Find places to stay Mar 7 — 9:

Udawalawe National Park

— 1 night
One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
On the 10th (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Udawalawe National Park.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Udawalawe National Park day trip planning app.

You can drive from Ella to Udawalawe National Park in 2.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Udawalawe National Park can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Dambulla.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
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Highlights from your trip

Dambulla

— 3 nights
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Change things up with a short trip to Pidurangala Rock in Sigiriya (about 32 minutes away). Spend the 13th (Sun) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. There's much more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, stroll through Dhilip De Alwis, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and delve into the distant past at Sigiriya Fortress.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Dambulla day trip site.

Fly from Udawalawe National Park to Dambulla in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Pinnawala.

Things to do in Dambulla

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Pinnawala

— 2 nights
The main attraction in Pinnawala is undoubtedly its elephant orphanage.
On the 14th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Freedom Project and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Pinnawala trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Dambulla to Pinnawala takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in March, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Pinnawala

Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 13 — 15:

Sri Lanka travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Nature & Parks
India's Teardrop
Shaped like a teardrop and located just below the southern tip of India, lush Sri Lanka boasts some of the greatest biodiversity in the world. Unless you time your Sri Lanka holiday for monsoon season, you can expect bright blue skies and plenty of sunshine, perfect for exploring tropical forests, historic temples, colonial forts, and many other buildings dating back to Dutch rule. Popular things to do in Sri Lanka include swimming, sailing, and surfing, though a growing number of visitors come here just to eat their way around the country. Greatly influenced by nearby India, the national cuisine also features many elements of European cooking--a result of the Dutch and Portuguese colonial years. Of course, a trip to Sri Lanka would not be complete without a cup of its world-famous Ceylon tea.