14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Dubai
Fly + Taxi:  8 h 15 min
1
Bentota
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Mirissa
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h 15 min
3
Kandy
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h
4
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Ella
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
6
Sigiriya
— 4 nights
Fly:  9 h
End: Dubai

2
nights
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
On the 7th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa, then enjoy the sand and surf at Hikkaduwa Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at Tsunami Photo Museum, and finally examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then stroll through Bentota Beach.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Bentota trip maker.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Bentota is an approximately 8.5- hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to India Standard Time (IST) is 1.5 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Dubai in September: high temperatures in Bentota hover around 36°C and lows are around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Mirissa.

Things to do in Bentota

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Tsunami Photo Museum
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
On the 9th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Star Fort, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Unawatuna Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Mirissa online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Bentota to Mirissa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. September in Mirissa sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Star Fort
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

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.
Visit Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Kandy Garrison Cemetery for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Kandy Lake and Spas & Wellness. Take a break from Kandy with a short trip to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala, about 1h 20 min away. There's more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens and tour the pleasant surroundings at Knuckles Forest Reserve.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Kandy trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Mirissa to Kandy in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Knuckles Forest Reserve, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, 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
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

1
night
Udawalawe National Park

Udawalawe National Park
One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Udawalawe National Park trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Udawalawe National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In September, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife Nature Parks
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1
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.
On the 15th (Sun), take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, and then snap pictures at Nine Arches Bridge.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Ella road trip tool.

You can drive from Udawalawe National Park to Ella in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Ella

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

4
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sigiriya and Mihintale. Step out of the city life by going to Golden Temple of Dambulla and Dhilip De Alwis. Change things up with a short trip to Polonnaruwa in Polonnaruwa (about 1h 15 min away). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and see the interesting displays at Sigiriya Museum.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Sigiriya day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Ella to Sigiriya takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. On the 19th (Thu), you're off to home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Habarana, Mihintale, Golden Temple of Dambulla, Polonnaruwa
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa

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