14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + Taxi:  14​h
1
Kandy
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2​h
2
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Yala National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
5
Dambulla
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2​h 15​min
6
Galle
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  15​h
End: London

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kandy Garrison Cemetery and Elephant Freedom Project. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kandy: Matale (Aluvihara Rock Cave Temple & Knuckles Mountain Range). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, stroll through Udawattekele Sanctuary, explore and take pictures at Royal Botanical Gardens, and see the interesting displays at World Buddhist Museum.

For other places to visit and other tourist information, refer to the Kandy trip planner .

London, UK to Kandy is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Kandy is 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Uda Walawe National Park.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Matale, Royal Botanical Gardens, Embekke Devalaya, Elephant Freedom Project
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Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery

1
night
Udawalawe National Park

Udawalawe National Park ©
One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
On the 25th (Wed), stroll through Elephant Transit Home (ETH), then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe Nationalpark Elefant Trail, and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Uda Walawe National Park vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Uda Walawe National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In December in Uda Walawe National Park, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Udawalawe Trails
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Udawalawe Trails ©
Udawalawe Trails
Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)
Safaris

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 26th (Thu): learn more about the world around you at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, expand your horizons at Honey Bee Garden, take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, take in nature's colorful creations at Ella Spice Garden, then make a trip to Demodara Loop, and finally don't miss a visit to Kinellan Tea Factory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): trek along Mini Adams Peak, take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Trail Ella, then explore the fascinating underground world of Ravana's Cave, then snap pictures at Bogoda Wooden Bridge, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Bandarawela.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Ella holiday builder app .

Traveling by car from Uda Walawe National Park to Ella takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes

Side Trip

Bogoda Wooden Bridge
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Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden
Ella Spice Garden ©
Ella Spice Garden
Demodara Loop ©
Demodara Loop

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kebiliththa - Siyambalawa devalaya, see Off-Road Tours, and then pause for some photo ops at Buduruwagala.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Yala National Park road trip planning app .

Explore your travel options from Ella to Yala National Park with the Route module. In December, daily temperatures in Yala National Park can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
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Off-Road Tours
Buduruwagala ©
Buduruwagala
Kebiliththa - Siyambalawa devalaya ©
Kebiliththa - Siyambalawa devalaya

2
nights
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, admire the natural beauty at Popham's Arboretum, contemplate the long history of Rangiri Dambullu Maha Viharaya, admire the natural beauty at Euphoria Spice and Herbal, then take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Habarana Buddhist Temple. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nalanda Gedige, appreciate the history behind Avukana Buddha Statue, head outdoors with Jathika Namal Uyana, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ederagala Wana Senasuna, then admire the masterpieces at Painting Conservation & Research Center, Painting Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Dambulla trip maker .

Getting from Yala National Park to Dambulla by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Galle.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Matale, Habarana, Avukana Buddha Statue
Highlights from your plan
Rangiri Dambullu Maha Viharaya ©
Rangiri Dambullu Maha Viharaya
Euphoria Spice and Herbal ©
Euphoria Spice and Herbal
Safaris

3
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Nandana Tea Factory and Cara Jewellers. Explore Galle's surroundings by going to Seenigama Muhudu Viharaya (in Hikkaduwa), Ahungalla Beach (in Ahungalla) and Handunugoda Tea Estate (in Ahangama). There's lots more to do: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch Reformed Church, see the interesting displays at Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex, and enjoy the sand and surf at Narigama Beach.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Galle trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Dambulla to Galle in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December in Galle, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Safaris, Handunugoda Tea Estate, Nandana Tea Factory, Ahungalla Beach
Highlights from your plan
Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Kayaking & Canoeing
Spas

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