14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Colombo
Drive:  1 h 45 min
1
Hikkaduwa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Mirissa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Udawalawa
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
4
Ella
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Arugam Bay
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 45 min
6
Kandy
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h
End: Colombo

2
nights
Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa ©
One of the most scenic beach resorts in Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa features a number of long white sand beaches with palm trees and gentle waves.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Galle Fort and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bentota Beach. On the next day, kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at Saffron Robes Gallery and Studio, then identify plant and animal life at Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa, and finally stroll through Hikkaduwa Beach.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Hikkaduwa trip itinerary website .

Colombo to Hikkaduwa is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In April in Hikkaduwa, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Galle Fort, Bentota Beach, Jungle Beach
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach

3
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mirissa: Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery (in Habaraduwa), Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching (in Kalametiya) and Mihiripenna Beach (in Unawatuna). There's much more to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, explore and take pictures at Handunugoda Tea Estate, see the interesting displays at Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex, and stop by Dress Palace.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Mirissa visit website .

Traveling by car from Hikkaduwa to Mirissa takes 1.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Mirissa are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can go by car to Udawalawa.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Matara, Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching, Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex, Mihiripenna Beach, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching ©
Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching

1
night
Udawalawa

Udawalawa
To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Udawalawa trip planner .

Traveling by car from Mirissa to Udawalawa takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in April, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Udawalawa

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Udawalawe National Park
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1
night
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.
On the 27th (Sat), take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, and then snap pictures at Demodara Nine Arch Bridge.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Ella trip planner .

Traveling by car from Udawalawa to Ella takes 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature
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Ravana Ella Falls ©
Ravana Ella Falls
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

4
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Change things up with a short trip to Kumana National Park in Ampara (about 1h 25 min away).

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Arugam Bay trip planning website .

Getting from Ella to Arugam Bay by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Arugam Bay can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Kumana National Park
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Kumana National Park ©
Kumana National Park
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka ©
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka

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 1st (Wed), explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then appreciate the history behind Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens. On the next day, stroll the grounds of Commonwealth War Cemetery, then get a new perspective on nature at Natural Gems and Gemmological Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Millennium Elephant Foundation.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kandy trip builder .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Arugam Bay to Kandy takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. On the 3rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Millennium Elephant Foundation, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Royal Botanical Gardens
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

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