14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Fly
1
Colombo
— 2 nights
Taxi to Diyawanna Oya, Fly to Kandy
2
Kandy
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Polonnaruwa
— 4 nights
Drive
4
Anuradhapura
— 3 nights
Fly

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2
nights
Colombo

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Spend the 8th (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, visit TaxiColombo CMB Airport Taxi, walk around Galle Face Green, and enjoy the sand and surf at Mount Lavinia Beach.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Colombo online holiday builder.

London, UK to Colombo is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Colombo is 5.5 hours. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from London in June, with highs in Colombo at 37°C and lows at 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

3
nights
Kandy

Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Take a break from Kandy with a short trip to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala, about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Kandy Lake, make a trip to Kandy view point, pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Knuckles Forest Reserve.

To find photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kandy online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Colombo to Kandy by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

4
nights
Polonnaruwa

Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Change things up with these side-trips from Polonnaruwa: Sigiriya (Pidurangala Rock & Sigiriya Fortress), Golden Temple of Dambulla (in Dambulla) and Dambulla Cave Temple (in Habarana). Spend the 13th (Sun) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Polonnaruwa, appreciate the history behind Buddha Statue, and steep yourself in history at Dalada Maluwa.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Polonnaruwa trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Kandy to Polonnaruwa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

3
nights
Anuradhapura

Explore the well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sri Lankan civilization and its former capital at Anuradhapura, a World Heritage Site and erstwhile center of Theravada Buddhism set amidst peaceful green parks.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, then make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mihintale. On the next day, appreciate the history behind Avukana Buddha Statue and then admire the landmark architecture of Ruwanwelisaya.

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Drive from Polonnaruwa to Anuradhapura in 2.5 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Sri Lanka travel guide

4.1
Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Nature & Parks
India's Teardrop
Shaped like a teardrop and located just below the southern tip of India, lush Sri Lanka boasts some of the greatest biodiversity in the world. Unless you time your Sri Lanka holiday for monsoon season, you can expect bright blue skies and plenty of sunshine, perfect for exploring tropical forests, historic temples, colonial forts, and many other buildings dating back to Dutch rule. Popular things to do in Sri Lanka include swimming, sailing, and surfing, though a growing number of visitors come here just to eat their way around the country. Greatly influenced by nearby India, the national cuisine also features many elements of European cooking--a result of the Dutch and Portuguese colonial years. Of course, a trip to Sri Lanka would not be complete without a cup of its world-famous Ceylon tea.