14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly + taxi:  5​h 30​min
1
Dambulla
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Sigiriya
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 45​min
4
Yala National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Tissamaharama
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Uda Walawe National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Ella
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
8
Ohiya
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
9
Nuwara Eliya
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  1​h 45​min
10
Colombo
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
11
Pinnawala
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
12
Peradeniya
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
13
Mirissa
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
14
Galle
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Mumbai

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Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Dambulla trip itinerary planner .

Mumbai, India to Dambulla is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Dambulla

Nature Historic Sites Parks
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs ©
Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs

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Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura ©
Explore the well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sri Lankan civilization and its former capital at Anuradhapura, a World Heritage Site and erstwhile center of Theravada Buddhism set amidst peaceful green parks.
On the 5th (Sat), make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, don't miss a visit to Mihintale, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Anuradhapura trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Dambulla to Anuradhapura takes 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba ©
Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba
Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, then don't miss a visit to Sigiriya World Heritage Site, then examine the collection at Pethikada, and finally look for gifts at Sigiriya Craft Village.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Sigiriya online day trip planner .

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Sigiriya in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Shopping Museums
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Pethikada ©
Pethikada
Sigiriya World Heritage Site
Sigiriya World Heritage Site
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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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 7th (Mon): appreciate the history behind Buduruwagala.

For photos and more tourist information, read Yala National Park online holiday builder .

Fly from Sigiriya to Yala National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, daytime highs in Yala National Park are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. On the 7th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tissamaharama.
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Buduruwagala ©
Buduruwagala

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Tissamaharama

Tourism in Tissamaharama revolves around the town's vast historic and cultural heritage, with the surroundings of scenic paddy fields adding to the ambiance.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): make a trip to Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara, make a trip to Tissa Dagoba, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

Plan my trip to Tissamaharama with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yala National Park to Tissamaharama. In January, daytime highs in Tissamaharama are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Uda Walawe National Park.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Safaris
Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara ©
Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara
Tissa Dagoba ©
Tissa Dagoba

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Uda Walawe National Park

Uda Walawe 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 9th (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park.

Plan trip to Uda Walawe National Park with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Drive from Tissamaharama to Uda Walawe National Park in 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Uda Walawe National Park are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Uda Walawe National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Udawalawe National Park ©
Udawalawe National Park

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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 10th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Ella trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Uda Walawe National Park to Ella takes 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Ohiya.

Things to do in Ella

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

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Ohiya

Ohiya ©
Ohiya is a rural village located in Badulla District of Uva Province, Sri Lanka. Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Horton Plains National Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Ohiya travel planner.

You can drive from Ella to Ohiya in an hour. Another option is to take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Ohiya

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park

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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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Hakgala Botanic Gardens, then explore the striking landscape of Horton Plains National Park, and then explore the activities along Kande-ela Reservoir.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Nuwara Eliya trip planner .

Drive from Ohiya to Nuwara Eliya in an hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Colombo.

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
Kande-ela Reservoir ©
Kande-ela Reservoir

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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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): make a trip to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, then pause for some serene contemplation at Borella All Saints Church, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, and finally stroll through Galle Face Green.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Colombo holiday tool .

Getting from Nuwara Eliya to Colombo by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. January in Colombo sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Pinnawala.

Things to do in Colombo

Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara ©
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

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Pinnawala

Pinnawala ©
The main attraction in Pinnawala is undoubtedly its elephant orphanage.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Millennium Elephant Foundation, meet the residents at Pinnawala Zoo, then stop by Luv SL, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Pinnawala day trip planner.

You can take a train from Colombo to Pinnawala in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to drive to Peradeniya.

Things to do in Pinnawala

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Millennium Elephant Foundation, Pinnawala Zoo
Highlights from your plan
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Millennium Elephant Foundation ©
Millennium Elephant Foundation
Pinnawala Zoo ©
Pinnawala Zoo

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Peradeniya

Peradeniya ©
A suburb of Kandy, Peradeniya draws more than 2 million visitors annually to its royal botanical gardens.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and finally steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Peradeniya trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Pinnawala to Peradeniya takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. January in Peradeniya sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Peradeniya

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Kandy
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

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Mirissa

The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): stroll through Mirissa Beach, then stop by Dress Palace, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Mirissa trip builder website .

Getting from Peradeniya to Mirissa by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In January in Mirissa, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Mirissa

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

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Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
On the 17th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Jungle Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at Pilgrims Lounge Chrishtopher Handicraft and Paint Gallery, then stop by Stick No Bills Poster Gallery, and finally contemplate the long history of Galle Fort.

To see more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Galle trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mirissa to Galle takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. January in Galle sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Galle

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Jungle Beach
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Highlights from your plan
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Stick No Bills Poster Gallery ©
Stick No Bills Poster Gallery

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