14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Ljubljana
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Colombo
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
2
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
3
Arugam Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Ella
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  2​h 15​min
5
Unawatuna
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
6
Kandy
— 4 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  20​h
End: Ljubljana

2
nights
Colombo

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Colombo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, get engrossed in the history at The Bandaranaike Museum, see the interesting displays at Colombo National Museum, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Colombo sightseeing planner .

Ljubljana, Slovenia to Colombo is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to India Standard Time, which is usually a 4 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Ljubljana in August: highs in Colombo hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Safaris
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

2
nights
Sigiriya

Sigiriya ©
The historic rock of the same name dominates the landscape of World Heritage-listed Sigiriya, where the steep and striking lava plug contains the ruins of an ancient empire.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada, and then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla. On the 9th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Pidurangala Rock and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Sigiriya planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Colombo to Sigiriya in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Golden Temple of Dambulla, Minneriya National Park
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

1
night
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): look for gifts at Rice & Carry Bags Shop, kick back and relax at Arugam Bay, then enjoy the sea views from Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kudumbigala Monastery.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Arugam Bay trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Sigiriya to Arugam Bay takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. August in Arugam Bay sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Historic Sites Shopping Parks
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Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay

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 11th (Sun), explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, and then take in the views from Demodara Nine Arch Bridge.

To see maps, photos, and tourist information, read Ella online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Arugam Bay to Ella takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Ella can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Ella

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

2
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Conservation Project (Koggala), see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then stroll through Mirissa Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Tue): relax in the rural setting at Nandana Tea Factory, then enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, and then steep yourself in history at Galle Fort.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Unawatuna driving holiday planning app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Ella to Unawatuna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mirissa, Nandana Tea Factory, Sea Turtle Conservation Project (Koggala), Galle Fort
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Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kandy: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Bambaragala Viharaya (in Teldeniya). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Kundasale.

To see ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kandy trip maker website .

Getting from Unawatuna to Kandy by combination of flight and taxi takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Bambaragala Viharaya, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Kundasale
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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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