14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Colombo
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2​h 45​min
2
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Yala National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 45​min
4
Sigiriya
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Galle
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1​h
6
Kandy
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  14​h
End: London

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.
Step out of Colombo with an excursion to Bentota Beach in Bentota--about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, stroll around Galle Face Green, don't miss a visit to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, and get engrossed in the history at Colombo National Museum.

To find reviews, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Colombo trip itinerary builder.

London, UK to Colombo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from London to Colombo due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from London in February, with highs in Colombo at 37°C and lows at 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Ella.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Bentota Beach
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Safaris

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 12th (Wed): make a trip to Nine Arch Bridge, then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, then admire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden, and finally get a new perspective on nature at R. M. S Antique And Brassware. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Ella Gem & Jewelry, relax in the rural setting at Amba Estate, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Ella trip builder tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Colombo to Ella takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes

Side Trip

Amba Estate
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arch Bridge ©
Nine Arch Bridge
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

1
night
Yala National Park

Yala National Park ©
One of the most popular national parks in the country, Yala National Park boasts a wide variety of animals, and does important work in conserving and growing populations.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Yala National Park road trip planning site .

Explore your travel options from Ella to Yala National Park with the Route module. February in Yala National Park sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Parks Nature
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park

1
night
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 15th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis, don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, and then make a trip to Sigiriya.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Sigiriya trip site .

Traveling by flight from Yala National Park to Sigiriya takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Dhilip De Alwis
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock
Dhilip De Alwis ©
Dhilip De Alwis

3
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Explore Galle's surroundings by going to Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching), Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa) and Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery.

To see maps, more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, use the Galle tour itinerary builder tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Sigiriya to Galle in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in February, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Mirissa, Hikkaduwa Beach, Nandana Tea Factory, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery
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Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
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: Euphoria Spice and Herbal (in Matale) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, stroll through Knuckles Forest Reserve, make a trip to Kandy view point, and stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kandy trip itinerary tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Galle to Kandy in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Euphoria Spice and Herbal, Knuckles Forest Reserve, 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

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