14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Tehran
Subway + Fly:  13 h 30 min
1
Sigiriya
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Ella
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
4
Yala National Park
— 2 nights
Bus:  4 h 15 min
5
Galle
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
6
Colombo
— 2 nights
Fly + Subway:  11 h 45 min
End: Tehran

1
night
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 29th (Wed), delve into the distant past at Sigiriya and then make a trip to Pidurangala Rock.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Sigiriya road trip planner.

Tehran, Iran to Sigiriya is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of subway and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of subway, flight, and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Tehran to Sigiriya is 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): explore and take pictures at Royal Botanical Gardens, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally see the interesting displays at World Buddhist Museum. On the 31st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse for treasures at Sriya & Daya Curio Shop, examine the collection at Ceylon Tea Museum, examine the collection at Kandy Brasswear Village, then take an in-depth tour of Raja Museum, then stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Asgiriya Maha Viharaya.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kandy tour builder website .

You can drive from Sigiriya to Kandy in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Kandy

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

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.
On the 1st (Sat), take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, and then learn more about the world around you at R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Ella trip tool .

Traveling by car from Kandy to Ella takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Shopping
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

2
nights
Yala National Park

Yala National Park ©
One of the most popular national parks in the country, Yala National Park boasts a wide variety of animals, and does important work in conserving and growing populations.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiri Vehera and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kataragama Temple.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Yala National Park online trip maker .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ella to Yala National Park. In February, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Galle.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kataragama
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Kataragama Temple ©
Kataragama Temple
Kiri Vehera ©
Kiri Vehera

4
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Do your shopping at Tsunami Photo Museum and Lak Gems & Jewellery. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Galle Fort and Kowilawatta Temple. Explore Galle's surroundings by going to Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching) and Hikkaduwa (Community Tsunami Museum & Hikkaduwa Beach). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery, view the masterpieces at Saffron Robes Gallery and Studio, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Galle trip maker .

Traveling by bus from Yala National Park to Galle takes 4.5 hours. February in Galle sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Colombo.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Mirissa, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery, Kowilawatta Temple
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Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): kick back and relax at Negombo Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Anne's Church, then get engrossed in the history at Colombo National Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour and then look for gifts at Barefoot.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Colombo road trip app .

Getting from Galle to Colombo by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. February in Colombo sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Negombo
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach

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