14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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

2
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kalutara (Ranjiths Carving and Batik Museum & Dolphin & Whale Watching) and Thewaththa Church (Basilica Ragama) (in Ragama). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum, stroll through Negombo Beach, and walk around Galle Face Green.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Colombo tour itinerary planner .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Colombo. August in Colombo sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Kalutara, Negombo Beach, Basilica of Our Lady of Lanka
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Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Bambaragala Viharaya (in Teldeniya). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, identify plant and animal life at Knuckles Forest Reserve, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, and appreciate the history behind Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Kandy itinerary planning tool .

You can fly from Colombo to Kandy in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Knuckles Forest Reserve, Royal Botanical Gardens, Bambaragala Viharaya, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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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

2
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
On the 1st (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: experience rural life at Nandana Tea Factory, then enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, and then steep yourself in history at Galle Fort.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Unawatuna trip maker app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Unawatuna takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Ella.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Mirissa, Nandana Tea Factory, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery, Galle Fort
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Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
On the 3rd (Tue), admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, and then don't miss a visit to Demodara Nine Arch Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: learn more about the world around you at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, admire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden, take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, then stop by Ella Gem & Jewelry, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Bandarawela.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Ella day trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Unawatuna to Ella in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

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nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
On the 5th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kudumbigala Monastery, visit a coastal fixture at Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Arugam Bay, and finally look for gifts at Rice & Carry Bags Shop. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Magul Maha Viharaya, delve into the distant past at Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, make a trip to Muhudu Maha Vihara, then explore the activities along Pottuvil Lagoon, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Arugam Bay trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Ella to Arugam Bay by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Magul Maha Viharaya
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Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Pottuvil Lagoon ©
Pottuvil Lagoon

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, then view the masterpieces at Pethikada, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park.

To see where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Sigiriya trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Arugam Bay to Sigiriya by combination of taxi and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Nature Parks 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

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