14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Colombo
— 1 night
2
Negombo
— 2 nights
3
Dambulla
— 2 nights
4
Kandy
— 2 nights
5
Hikkaduwa
— 2 nights
6
Ella
— 2 nights
7
Nuwara Eliya
— 2 nights

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.
On the 3rd (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, walk around Galle Face Green, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Colombo National Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Ganeshism Studio Gallery, and then make a trip to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Colombo travel itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Colombo. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Negombo.

Things to do in Colombo

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

2
nights
Negombo

Negombo ©
Located close to the international airport, Negombo has a reputation for being either the first or last taste of the country for visitors.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Negombo Beach, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Kalpana's Batik & Souvenirs, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Anne's Church, and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Negombo trip planning app.

Drive from Colombo to Negombo in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and flight. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Negombo

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
Highlights from your plan
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Safaris
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis. On the next day, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla, and then browse the fresh offerings at Dambulla Dedicated Economic Centre.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Dambulla tour planning site.

Traveling by car from Negombo to Dambulla takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Dhilip De Alwis
Highlights from your plan
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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 9th (Thu): explore the activities along Kandy Lake, stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally see the interesting displays at World Buddhist Museum. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Earth Bound Creations Showroom, then appreciate the history behind Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, and finally make a trip to Kandy view point.

For traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Kandy trip website.

Getting from Dambulla to Kandy by car takes about 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

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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.
On the 11th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Hikkaduwa Beach, then examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Galle Fort. On your second day here, stroll through Sea Turtle Protection Association, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bentota Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Hikkaduwa trip planner.

You can fly from Kandy to Hikkaduwa in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Bentota, Galle Fort, Jungle Beach
Highlights from your plan
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach

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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 13th (Mon): snap pictures at Nine Arches Bridge, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, then admire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden, and finally look for gifts at R. M. S Antique And Brassware. On the next day, take in nature's colorful creations at Ella Spice Garden, take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, and then stop by Ella Gem & Jewelry.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Ella travel planning tool.

Traveling by car from Hikkaduwa to Ella takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Classes
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge

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nights
Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya ©
Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Hakgala Botanic Gardens, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Horton Plains National Park, and then explore the activities along Kande-ela Reservoir. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country, then get outside with Piduruthalagala Forest Reserve, and then explore the activities along Gregory Lake.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Nuwara Eliya tour itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Ella to Nuwara Eliya takes 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Gregory Lake ©
Gregory Lake
Hakgala Botanic Gardens ©
Hakgala Botanic Gardens

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