14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Colombo
1
Colombo
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h
2
Kandy
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
3
Unawatuna
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
4
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Arugam Bay
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 15​min
End: Colombo

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Colombo: Negombo (Nature & Wildlife Tours & Negombo Beach) and ASDA Gem & Jewellery (in Waikkal). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, don't miss a visit to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Borella All Saints Church, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Colombo trip planning website .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Colombo. In September, daytime highs in Colombo are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

ASDA Gem & Jewellery, Negombo Beach
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

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.
Explore Kandy's surroundings by going to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Bambaragala Viharaya (in Teldeniya). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, don't miss a visit to Royal Botanical Gardens, make a short side trip with Day Trips, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kandy day trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Colombo to Kandy takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bambaragala Viharaya, Royal Botanical Gardens, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Highlights from your plan
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

2
nights
Unawatuna

On the 7th (Sat), get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then contemplate the long history of Galle Fort. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Bentota Beach, look for gifts at Lak Gems & Jewellery, then kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, and finally don't miss a visit to Japanese Peace Pagoda.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Unawatuna trip maker tool .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Unawatuna in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Unawatuna, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Ella.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Bentota Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Galle Fort
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, and then don't miss a visit to Demodara Nine Arch Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: get a new perspective on nature at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, savor the flavors at Honey Bee Garden, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, then look for gifts at Ella Gem & Jewelry, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Bandarawela.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Ella trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Unawatuna to Ella takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kudumbigala Monastery, then visit a coastal fixture at Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, then explore the activities along Arugam Bay, and finally stop by Rice & Carry Bags Shop. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Magul Maha Viharaya, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, make a trip to Muhudu Maha Vihara, then explore the activities along Pottuvil Lagoon, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Arugam Bay travel planner .

You can drive from Ella to Arugam Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Magul Maha Viharaya
Highlights from your plan
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Pottuvil Lagoon ©
Pottuvil Lagoon

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.
On the 13th (Fri), explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, then explore the galleries of Pethikada, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Golden Temple of Dambulla. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Pidurangala Rock and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park.

To find out how to plan a trip to Sigiriya, use our trip itinerary maker.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Arugam Bay to Sigiriya in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Golden Temple of Dambulla, Minneriya National Park
Highlights from your plan
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

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