14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Tallinn
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Colombo
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h
2
Kandy
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
3
Unawatuna
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
4
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Tallinn

1
night
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.
On the 20th (Mon), stroll around Galle Face Green and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of The Bandaranaike Museum and then make a trip to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Colombo online tour itinerary planner .

Tallinn, Estonia to Colombo is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of ferry and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Tallinn to Colombo is 3 hours. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Tallinn in January: high temperatures in Colombo hover around 37°C and lows are around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara ©
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kandy side-trips: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Matale (Sri Muthumariamman Temple & Euphoria Spice and Herbal). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, look for all kinds of wild species at Knuckles Forest Reserve, don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery.

To find more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kandy online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Colombo to Kandy takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Matale, Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Knuckles Forest Reserve
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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

3
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Venture out of the city with trips to Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa), Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa) and Mirissa (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Mirissa Beach).

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Unawatuna trip itinerary planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Unawatuna in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Unawatuna, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Ella.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mirissa, Galle Fort, Hikkaduwa Beach, Nandana Tea Factory
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Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort

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 28th (Tue): get a new perspective on nature at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, make a trip to Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden. On the next day, admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls and then take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Ella online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Unawatuna to Ella takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes
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Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge

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 30th (Thu): make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, and then view the masterpieces at Pethikada. On your second day here, explore the ancient world of Sigiriya.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Sigiriya road trip planning app .

Getting from Ella to Sigiriya by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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