14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Colombo
— 2 nights
2
Kandy
— 3 nights
3
Polonnaruwa
— 4 nights
4
Anuradhapura
— 3 nights

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.
Spend the 8th (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, enjoy the sand and surf at Mount Lavinia Beach, stop by TaxiColombo CMB Airport Taxi, and stop by Vishwa Tharu Spice and Ayurveda Herbal Shop.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Colombo online holiday builder.

London, UK to Colombo is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Colombo is 5.5 hours. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from London in June, with highs in Colombo at °C and lows at °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Safaris
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Mount Lavinia Beach ©
Mount Lavinia Beach

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.
Take a break from Kandy with a short trip to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala, about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Kandy Lake, make a trip to Kandy view point, pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Knuckles Forest Reserve.

To find photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kandy online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Colombo to Kandy by combination of taxi and train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

4
nights
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Change things up with these side-trips from Polonnaruwa: Golden Temple of Dambulla (in Dambulla), Sigiriya (Pidurangala Rock & Sigiriya) and Dambulla Cave Temple (in Habarana). Spend the 13th (Sun) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Polonnaruwa, appreciate the history behind Buddha Statue, and steep yourself in history at Dalada Maluwa.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Polonnaruwa trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Kandy to Polonnaruwa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Minneriya National Park, Golden Temple of Dambulla, Dambulla Cave Temple
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, thenmake a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mihintale. On the next day, make a trip to Anuradhapura Stupas Scenic Point, pause for some photo ops at Avukana Buddha Statue, and then admire the landmark architecture of Ruwanwelisaya.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Anuradhapura trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Polonnaruwa to Anuradhapura takes 2.5 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Avukana Buddha Statue
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Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Avukana Buddha Statue ©
Avukana Buddha Statue
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi

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