14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Manama
Fly + taxi:  7​h 45​min
1
Sigiriya
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Ella
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Hikkaduwa
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Mirissa
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
5
Kandy
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h
6
Colombo
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Manama

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 12th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Sigiriya trip planner .

Manama, Bahrain to Sigiriya is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Arabia Standard Time to India Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Minneriya National Park
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Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

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 13th (Tue): get a new perspective on nature at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, and then admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the views from Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, and finally indulge your taste buds at Honey Bee Garden.

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You can drive from Sigiriya to Ella in 4 hours. Another option is to take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Ella

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

3
nights
Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa ©
One of the most scenic beach resorts in Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa features a number of long white sand beaches with palm trees and gentle waves.
Get outdoors at Bentota Beach and Sinharaja Forest Reserve. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Hikkaduwa Beach and Unawatuna Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hikkaduwa: Ahungalla Beach (in Ahungalla) and Unawatuna (Jungle Beach & Spas & Wellness). There's more to do: kick back and relax at Akurala Beach and examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum.

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Getting from Ella to Hikkaduwa by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Akurala Beach, Ahungalla Beach, Bentota Beach, Sinharaja Forest Reserve
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Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach

2
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach, and then stop by LAZY.RIDE. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kabalana Beach, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Medawatta Beach.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Mirissa day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Hikkaduwa to Mirissa takes 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Mirissa are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Kabalana Beach, Medawatta Beach
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Spas

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.
Visiting Royal Botanical Gardens and Kandy Lake will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kandy: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and identify plant and animal life at Knuckles Forest Reserve.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kandy online itinerary planner .

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Knuckles Forest Reserve, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Elephant Freedom Project, Royal Botanical Gardens
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Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Ganeshism Studio Gallery, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mount Lavinia Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Negombo Beach. On your second day here, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Colombo route planner .

Getting from Kandy to Colombo by flight takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Colombo can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Negombo Beach
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Safaris
Mount Lavinia Beach ©
Mount Lavinia Beach

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