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:  14​h 15​min
1
Colombo
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h
2
Kandy
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h
3
Unawatuna
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
4
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Arugam Bay
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Sigiriya
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: London

1
night
Colombo

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): make a trip to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, stop by Urban Island, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, and finally stroll around Galle Face Green. On your second day here, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, then take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum, and then pause for some photo ops at Independence Memorial Hall.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Colombo attractions planner.

London, UK to Colombo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Colombo is 5 hours. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from London in October; daily highs in Colombo reach 36°C and lows reach 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Museums Historic Sites
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Food Tours
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Fri): look for gifts at Kandy City Center, contemplate the long history of Temple of the Tooth, then take in the awesome beauty at Hanthana Mountain Range, and finally make a trip to Degaldoruwa Temple.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kandy journey website .

You can 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 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

2
nights
Unawatuna

Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Conservation Project (Koggala), then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hikkaduwa Beach. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, then make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda, then kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, and finally look for gifts at Lak Gems & Jewellery.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Unawatuna online visit planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Unawatuna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and taxi. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Ella.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Sea Turtle Conservation Project (Koggala), Hikkaduwa Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Galle Fort
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

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 7th (Mon): snap pictures at Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, then take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, and then admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Bandarawela, then get a new perspective on nature at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, then admire the natural beauty at Ella Spice Garden, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Ella trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Unawatuna to Ella takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Ravana Ella Falls ©
Ravana Ella Falls

2
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kudumbigala Monastery, then visit a coastal fixture at Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, then explore the activities along Pottuvil Lagoon, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Arugam Bay. On the next day, stop by Rice & Carry Bags Shop, then get outside with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka, and then make a trip to Muhudu Maha Viharaya.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Arugam Bay trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Ella to Arugam Bay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks
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Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara

3
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 11th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Sigiriya. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, then examine the collection at Sigiriya Museum, then make a trip to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Sigiriya trip itinerary planner.

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. On the 13th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Dambulla, Dhilip De Alwis
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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