15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Galle
— 4 nights
2
Udawalawe National Park
— 2 nights
3
Habarana
— 3 nights
4
Anuradhapura
— 3 nights
5
Nilaveli
— 2 nights

4
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex and Saffron Robes will appeal to museum buffs. Get some historical perspective at Galle Fort and Kowilawatta Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Galle: Sea Turtle Hatchery (in Ambalangoda), Tsunami Photo Museum (in Telwatta) and Community Tsunami Museum (in Hikkaduwa). Next up on the itinerary: stop by Cara Jewellers, stroll through Mihiripenna Beach, take some stellar pictures from Coconut Tree Hill, and kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Galle road trip planning site.

Colombo to Galle is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Mirissa, Hikkaduwa, Beruwala Beach, Kowilawatta Temple
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Mihiripenna Beach ©
Mihiripenna Beach
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Beruwala Beach ©
Beruwala Beach

2
nights
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.
On the 6th (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Udawalawe National Park. On the 7th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an exotic tour of a safari tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Transit Home (ETH).

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Udawalawe National Park travel route website.

Drive from Galle to Udawalawe National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, daytime highs in Udawalawe National Park are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Habarana.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

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

3
nights
Habarana

Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
Take a break from the city and head to Golden Temple of Dambulla and Balloon Rides. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lankathilaka Image House and Safaris. Get out of town with these interesting Habarana side-trips: Ederagala Wana Senasuna (in Dambulla) and Polonnaruwa (Archaeological Museum, Polonnaruwa Vatadage, &more). There's more to do: don't miss a visit to Sigiriya.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Habarana trip maker tool.

Getting from Udawalawe National Park to Habarana by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Habarana

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa, Dambulla, Sigiriya
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Balloon Rides
Safaris
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla

3
nights
Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura ©
Explore the well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sri Lankan civilization and its former capital at Anuradhapura, a World Heritage Site and erstwhile center of Theravada Buddhism set amidst peaceful green parks.
Step off the beaten path and head to Isurumuniya Temple and Jethawanaramaya Dagoba. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi and Vessagiri. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Mihintale, pause for some photo ops at Abhayagiri Dagaba, delve into the mystery of Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate), and admire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Anuradhapura trip planner.

Traveling by car from Habarana to Anuradhapura takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Nilaveli.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites
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Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Mihintale ©
Mihintale

2
nights
Nilaveli

Nilaveli ©
The coastal resort town of Nilaveli draws visitors with its beaches, dive spots, and seaside hotels.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Nilaveli Beach and then stroll the grounds of Trincomalee War Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Tue): brush up on your military savvy at Sri Lanka Navy Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple, and then learn about all things military at Orr's Hill Army Museum.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Nilaveli itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Anuradhapura to Nilaveli in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Nilaveli

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Trincomalee
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Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery
Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple

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