14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Moscow
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
Colombo
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  1​h 45​min
2
Nuwara Eliya
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Ella
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
4
Mirissa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
5
Galle
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h
6
Negombo
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h
7
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Pinnawala
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Kandy
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  12​h
End: Moscow

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Rent a Car with Driver Sri Lanka - Private Day Tours. On the 24th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at The Bandaranaike Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, look for gifts at Luv SL Katunayake, then catch a ride with Rent a Car with Driver Sri Lanka - Private Day Tours, and finally stroll around Galle Face Green.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Colombo online trip planner .

Moscow, Russia to Colombo is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Moscow to Colombo due to the time zone difference. In November, Colombo is much hotter than Moscow - with highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Transportation Museums
Highlights from your plan
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green
Luv SL Katunayake ©
Luv SL Katunayake

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Hakgala Botanic Gardens and then explore the striking landscape of Horton Plains National Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Nuwara Eliya trip itinerary site .

Getting from Colombo to Nuwara Eliya by combination of flight and taxi takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): snap pictures at Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, then take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden, and finally learn more about the world around you at R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Ella trip planner .

Getting from Nuwara Eliya to Ella by car takes about 2 hours. In November in Ella, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge
Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden

1
night
Mirissa

The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
On the 27th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirissa Beach, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Mirissa trip planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Ella to Mirissa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Spas

2
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch Reformed Church, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Jungle Beach, and then contemplate the long history of Galle Fort. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Unawatuna Devol Devalaya, then examine the collection at Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex, then look for gifts at Lak Gems & Jewellery, and finally stroll through Hikkaduwa Beach.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Galle trip planner .

You can drive from Mirissa to Galle in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Negombo.

Things to do in Galle

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

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

1
night
Negombo

Located close to the international airport, Negombo has a reputation for being either the first or last taste of the country for visitors.
On the 30th (Sat), stop by Selyn, stroll through Negombo Beach, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Negombo online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Galle to Negombo by combination of taxi and flight takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in November, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Negombo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Selyn ©
Selyn

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla, and then view the masterpieces at Pethikada. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, stroll through LG Lanka Tours, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Sigiriya online road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Negombo to Sigiriya takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Pinnawala.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Spas, Golden Temple of Dambulla
Highlights from your plan
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

1
night
Pinnawala

Pinnawala ©
The main attraction in Pinnawala is undoubtedly its elephant orphanage.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): stroll through Elephant Freedom Project, stroll through Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, and then look for gifts at Luv SL.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Pinnawala itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Pinnawala takes 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Pinnawala

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trip

Elephant Freedom Project
Highlights from your plan
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project
Luv SL ©
Luv SL

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.
Kandy is known for historic sites, nature, nightlife, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, see the interesting displays at World Buddhist Museum, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and get lost in a book at Buddhist Publication Society.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, read our Kandy trip site .

Traveling by car from Pinnawala to Kandy takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

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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