14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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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
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): stroll around Galle Face Green and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): get engrossed in the history at The Bandaranaike Museum and then don't miss a visit to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Colombo holiday planner.

Tallinn, Estonia to Colombo is an approximately 16- hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight. Traveling from Tallinn to Colombo, you'll lose 3.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Tallinn in January, with highs in Colombo at 37°C and lows at 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kandy: Matale (Sri Muthumariamman Temple & Euphoria Spice and Herbal) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). The adventure continues: make a trip to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, tour the pleasant surroundings at Knuckles Forest Reserve, and stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kandy road trip planner.

Fly from Colombo to Kandy in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Matale, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Royal Botanical Gardens, 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

3
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Mirissa (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Mirissa Beach), Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa) and Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, look for gifts at Lak Gems & Jewellery, and enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Unawatuna online trip maker.

You can 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, daytime highs in Unawatuna are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ella.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Mirissa, Galle Fort, Nandana Tea Factory, Hikkaduwa Beach
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): stop by R. M. S Antique And Brassware, snap pictures at Nine Arches 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 your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls and then take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Ella online day trip planner.

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

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

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, then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla, and then browse the exhibits of Pethikada. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Fri): explore the ancient world of Sigiriya.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Sigiriya day trip tool.

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

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Nature Parks

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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