14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka travel planner

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Fly to Colombo, Taxi to Dambulla
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Dambulla
Drive
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Anuradhapura
— 1 night
Drive
3
Sigiriya
— 1 night
Fly
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Yala National Park
— 1 night
Drive
5
Tissamaharama
— 1 night
Drive
6
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Drive
7
Ella
— 1 night
Drive
8
Ohiya
— 1 night
Drive
9
Nuwara Eliya
— 1 night
Fly to Diyawanna Oya, Taxi to Colombo
10
Colombo
— 1 night
Train to Polgahawela Station, Taxi to Pinnawala
11
Pinnawala
— 1 night
Drive
12
Peradeniya
— 1 night
Fly
13
Mirissa
— 1 night
Drive
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Galle
— 1 night
Fly

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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 4th (Fri): make a trip to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Golden Temple of Dambulla.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Dambulla vacation maker.

Mumbai, India to Dambulla is an approximately 8.5-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

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Anuradhapura

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mihintale, then admire the landmark architecture of Ruwanwelisaya, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Anuradhapura road trip website.

Traveling by car from Dambulla to Anuradhapura takes 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites

Sigiriya

— 1 night
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): make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, don't miss a visit to Sigiriya Fortress, then browse the exhibits of Pethikada, and finally don't miss a visit to Sigiriya Craft Village.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Sigiriya trip planner.

Getting from Anuradhapura to Sigiriya by car takes about 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 6:

Yala National Park

— 1 night
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.
On the 7th (Mon), appreciate the history behind Buduruwagala.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Yala National Park day trip planner.

You can fly from Sigiriya to Yala National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; 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. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tissamaharama.
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Highlights from your trip

Tissamaharama

— 1 night
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, don't miss a visit to Tissa Dagoba, and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Tissamaharama route planner.

Traveling by car from Yala National Park to Tissamaharama takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 8:

Udawalawe National Park

— 1 night
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), tour the pleasant surroundings at Udawalawe National Park.

For reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Udawalawe National Park trip website.

You can drive from Tissamaharama to Udawalawe National Park in 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Udawalawe 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 Udawalawe National Park

Parks · Wildlife · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Ella

— 1 night
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): snap pictures at Nine Arches Bridge, then explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, and then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak.

To plan Ella vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Drive from Udawalawe National Park to Ella in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Ohiya.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature

Ohiya

— 1 night
Ohiya is a rural village located in Badulla District of Uva Province, Sri Lanka. For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Ohiya trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Ella to Ohiya in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. You'll set off for Nuwara Eliya on the 11th (Fri).

Things to do in Ohiya

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Nuwara Eliya

— 1 night

Little England

Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
On the 12th (Sat), admire the natural beauty at Hakgala Botanic Gardens, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Horton Plains National Park, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kande-ela Reservoir.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Nuwara Eliya travel route builder website.

You can drive from Ohiya to Nuwara Eliya in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Colombo

— 1 night
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): don't miss a visit to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, pause for some serene contemplation at Borella All Saints Church, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, and finally stroll around Galle Face Green.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Colombo trip simple and quick.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Nuwara Eliya to Colombo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Pinnawala.

Things to do in Colombo

Historic Sites · Parks

Pinnawala

— 1 night
The main attraction in Pinnawala is undoubtedly its elephant orphanage.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Millennium Elephant Foundation, then meet the residents at Pinnawala Zoo, then stop by Luv SL, and finally stroll through Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Pinnawala online trip builder.

Do a combination of train and taxi from Colombo to Pinnawala in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. January in Pinnawala sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to drive to Peradeniya.

Things to do in Pinnawala

Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping

Side Trips

Peradeniya

— 1 night
A suburb of Kandy, Peradeniya draws more than 2 million visitors annually to its royal botanical gardens.
On the 15th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Royal Botanical Gardens, pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and finally don't miss a visit to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Peradeniya visit planner.

You can drive from Pinnawala to Peradeniya in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In January in Peradeniya, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Mirissa.

Things to do in Peradeniya

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Mirissa

— 1 night
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
On the 16th (Wed), kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach, stop by Dress Palace, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Mirissa trip planner.

You can fly from Peradeniya to Mirissa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Galle

— 1 night
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at Pilgrims Lounge Chrishtopher Handicraft and Paint Gallery, then look for gifts at Stick No Bills Poster Gallery, and finally contemplate the long history of Galle Fort.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Galle online route planner.

Traveling by car from Mirissa to Galle takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Galle can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Galle

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

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Sri Lanka travel guide

4.2
Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Nature & Parks
India's Teardrop
Shaped like a teardrop and located just below the southern tip of India, lush Sri Lanka boasts some of the greatest biodiversity in the world. Unless you time your Sri Lanka holiday for monsoon season, you can expect bright blue skies and plenty of sunshine, perfect for exploring tropical forests, historic temples, colonial forts, and many other buildings dating back to Dutch rule. Popular things to do in Sri Lanka include swimming, sailing, and surfing, though a growing number of visitors come here just to eat their way around the country. Greatly influenced by nearby India, the national cuisine also features many elements of European cooking--a result of the Dutch and Portuguese colonial years. Of course, a trip to Sri Lanka would not be complete without a cup of its world-famous Ceylon tea.

Kandy District travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Gardens · Bodies of Water