15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Copenhagen
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Negombo
— 1 day
train:  4​h 30​min
2
Kandy
— 2 nights
train:  6​h 30​min
3
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Rekawa
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Mirissa
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
6
Colombo
— 1 night
Fly:  15​h
End: Copenhagen


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1
day
Negombo

Negombo ©
Located close to the international airport, Negombo has a reputation for being either the first or last taste of the country for visitors.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Church and then enjoy the sand and surf at Negombo Beach.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Negombo trip itinerary app .

Copenhagen, Denmark to Negombo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a 4 hour difference. Traveling from Copenhagen in December, expect Negombo to be warmer, temps between 36°C and 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Negombo

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach

2
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.
On the 30th (Mon), stroll through Royal Botanical Gardens, then don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and finally contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tee off at Victoria Golf & Country Resort and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

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Getting from Negombo to Kandy by combination of bus and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Kandy

Outdoors Golf Parks

Side Trips

Victoria Golf & Country Resort, Royal Botanical Gardens
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake
Spas & Wellness

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 1st (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, and then get a new perspective on nature at R. M. S Antique And Brassware. Here are some ideas for day two: snap pictures at Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Ella day trip app .

You can drive from Kandy to Ella in 4 hours. Another option is to take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Rekawa.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Spas
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Spas
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge

6
nights
Rekawa

Rekawa ©
A small town with a laidback vibe squeezed between the ocean and the shores of a rich lagoon surrounded by mangroves, Rekawa draws visitors throughout the year with a pioneering turtle conservation project, the most notable tourist attraction in Rekawa.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Kalametiya Beach and Marakolliya Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara and Tangalle Lighthouse. Get out of town with these interesting Rekawa side-trips: Dikwella (Wewurukannala Vihara & Blow Hole Hummanaya) and Hambantota (Ussangoda National Park, Agro Technology Park, & more). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa), admire the natural beauty at Ashram Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka itinerary, take in the exciting artwork at Indika Art Gallery, and stroll through Pallikkudawa Fanda Beach.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Rekawa trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Ella to Rekawa in 3 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Rekawa can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Mirissa.

Things to do in Rekawa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Tangalle, Hambantota, Dikwella, Kalametiya, Ussangoda National Park
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Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) ©
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara ©
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara
Indika Art Gallery ©
Indika Art Gallery

1
night
Mirissa

The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Mirissa trip app .

You can drive from Rekawa to Mirissa in 2 hours. January in Mirissa sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C at night. On the 10th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Colombo.

Things to do in Mirissa

Spas
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Spas

1
night
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 10th (Fri), pause for some photo ops at Independence Memorial Hall and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Colombo vacation planning tool .

Drive from Mirissa to Colombo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Colombo, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Historic Sites
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Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Independence Memorial Hall ©
Independence Memorial Hall

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