14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Kandy
— 2 nights
2
Dambulla
— 1 night
3
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
4
Nuwara Eliya
— 1 night
5
Ella
— 1 night
6
Udawalawa
— 1 night
7
Unawatuna
— 1 night
8
Bentota
— 3 nights

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Pinnawala (Pinnawala Handicrafts Emporium & Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, get curious at Natural Gems and Gemmological Museum, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kandy trip itinerary site.

Dublin, Ireland to Kandy is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Traveling from Dublin to Kandy, you'll lose 5.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Pinnawala, 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

1
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Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla, make a trip to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, thenenjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and finally browse the fresh offerings at Dambulla Dedicated Economic Centre.

Start your trip to Dambulla by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Dambulla takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Dambulla

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Balloon Rides
Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs ©
Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs

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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 23rd (Mon): don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, thendon't miss a visit to Sigiriya, thenbrowse the exhibits of Pethikada, and finally stop by Lanka Silks. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Sigiriya Museum and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Sigiriya online route planner.

Sigiriya is just a short distance from Dambulla. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Minneriya National Park
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

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night
Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya ©
Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Hakgala Botanic Gardens and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Horton Plains National Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Nuwara Eliya trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Nuwara Eliya takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Hakgala Botanic Gardens ©
Hakgala Botanic Gardens

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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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge, thentake your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls.

Make your Ella itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Drive from Nuwara Eliya to Ella in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Udawalawa.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge
Ravana Ella Falls ©
Ravana Ella Falls

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Udawalawa

Udawalawa ©
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage and then stroll through Udawalawe Trails.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Udawalawa trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Ella to Udawalawa by car takes about 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Udawalawa can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Udawalawa

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums
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Udawalawe Trails ©
Udawalawe Trails

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Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Palm-fringed beaches with golden sand, turquoise water, and a colorful coral reef are enough to draw any beachgoer to Unawatuna, but there's plenty to do off the beach here as well.
On the 28th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Jungle Beach, and then steep yourself in history at Galle Fort.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Unawatuna trip planner.

Traveling by car from Udawalawa to Unawatuna takes 3 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Bentota.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Galle Fort
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Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): stroll through Sea Turtle Hatchery, stop by Tea Zone, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Sinharaja Forest Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Bentota Beach, see the interesting displays at Community Tsunami Museum, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Hikkaduwa Beach, and finally browse the exhibits of Saffron Robes.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Bentota tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Unawatuna to Bentota takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. December in Bentota sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Bentota

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Sea Turtle Hatchery, Ahungalla Sea Turtles Conservation And Research Center, Sinharaja Forest Reserve
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Sinharaja Forest Reserve ©
Sinharaja Forest Reserve
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach

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