14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  17​h
1
Colombo
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  2​h 30​min
2
Habarana
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Hatton
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Nuwara Eliya
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Ahangama
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Colombo
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Brisbane

1
night
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.
To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Colombo vacation planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Colombo is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Brisbane to Colombo due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Brisbane in November, with highs in Colombo at 36°C and lows at 28°C. You will leave for Habarana on the 2nd (Sat).

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

3
nights
Habarana

Habarana ©
Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
Go for a jaunt from Habarana to Polonnaruwa to see Gal Vihara about 54 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dambulla Cave Temple, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Habarana route maker website .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Colombo to Habarana in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Habarana

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Minneriya National Park, Gal Vihara
Highlights from your plan
Kaudulla National Park ©
Kaudulla National Park
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park
Gal Vihara ©
Gal Vihara

1
night
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 5th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and finally admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, then look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, and then pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Kandy sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Habarana to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to drive to Hatton.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

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

1
night
Hatton

Hatton
Hatton is a town in the Nuwara Eliya District of Central Province, Sri Lanka governed by the Hatton-Dickoya Urban Council. To find maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Hatton trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kandy to Hatton takes 2.5 hours. You will leave for Nuwara Eliya on the 7th (Thu).

Things to do in Hatton

Parks Nature Historic Sites

1
night
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.
On the 7th (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Horton Plains National Park, explore the activities along Kande-ela Reservoir, then get to know the fascinating history of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sita Temple.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Nuwara Eliya holiday app .

You can drive from Hatton to Nuwara Eliya in 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Sita Temple ©
Sita Temple
Kande-ela Reservoir ©
Kande-ela Reservoir

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.
Ella is known for nature, spas, parks, museums, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, take in nature's colorful creations at Ella Spice Garden, explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, and admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls.

For more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Ella trip planning site .

Getting from Nuwara Eliya to Ella by car takes about 2 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Ahangama.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

2
nights
Ahangama

Ahangama ©
Ahangama is a small town in Sri Lanka. On the 11th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle Conservation Project (Koggala), experience rural life at Nandana Tea Factory, then explore the activities along Koggala Lake, and finally relax in the rural setting at Handunugoda Tea Estate.

For more things to do and other tourist information, use the Ahangama driving holiday planning tool .

Getting from Ella to Ahangama by car takes about 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in November, and nighttime lows around 27°C. On the 12th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Ahangama

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Koggala, Nandana Tea Factory
Highlights from your plan
Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Handunugoda Tea Estate ©
Handunugoda Tea Estate
Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery ©
Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery

1
night
Colombo

Colombo ©
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): stroll around Galle Face Green.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Colombo trip maker .

Traveling by car from Ahangama to Colombo takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

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