14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Kandy
— 2 nights
2
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
3
Ella
— 2 nights
4
Yala National Park
— 1 night
5
Dambulla
— 2 nights
6
Galle
— 3 nights

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Elephant Freedom Project and Kandy War Cemetery. Venture out of the city with trips to Embekke Devalaya (in Handessa) and Matale (Aluvihara Rock Cave Temple & Knuckles Mountain Range). There's still lots to do: stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, see the interesting displays at World Buddhist Museum, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and stop by Jayamali Batiks Studio.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kandy trip planner.

London, UK to Kandy is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5.5 hours traveling from London to Kandy. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Matale, Embekke Devalaya, Royal Botanical Gardens, 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), tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Transit Home (ETH), stroll through Udawalawe Trails, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Udawalawe National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Udawalawe National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. In December, daily temperatures in Udawalawe National Park can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): stop by R. M. S Antique And Brassware, admire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, admire the natural beauty at Ella Spice Garden, thendon't miss a visit to Demodara Loop, and finally make a trip to Kinellan Tea Factory. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mini Adams Peak, take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, stroll through Nature Trail Ella, explore the fascinating underground world of Ravana's Cave, thensnap pictures at Bogoda Wooden Bridge, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahamevnawa Monastery.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Ella trip builder website.

You can drive from Udawalawe National Park to Ella in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive 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): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kebiliththa - Siyambalawa devalaya, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then pause for some photo ops at Buduruwagala.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Yala National Park trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Ella to Yala National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In December in Yala National Park, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough 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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): get outside with Outdoor Activities, admire the natural beauty at Popham's Arboretum, delve into the distant past at Rangiri Dambullu Maha Viharaya, take in nature's colorful creations at Euphoria Spice and Herbal, thentake an exotic tour of a safari tour, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Habarana Buddhist Temple. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nalanda Gedige, pause for some photo ops at Avukana Buddha Statue, head outdoors with Jathika Namal Uyana, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ederagala Wana Senasuna, thenadmire the masterpieces at Painting Conservation & Research Center, Painting Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Dambulla trip planner.

You can fly from Yala National Park to Dambulla in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Matale, Habarana, Avukana Buddha Statue
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Rangiri Dambullu Maha Viharaya ©
Rangiri Dambullu Maha Viharaya
Balloon Rides
Avukana Buddha Statue ©
Avukana Buddha Statue

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 Kayaking & Canoeing. Venture out of the city with trips to Seenigama Muhudu Viharaya (in Hikkaduwa), Handunugoda Tea Estate (in Ahangama) and Ahungalla Beach (in Ahungalla). Next up on the itinerary: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vijayananda Temple, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and kick back and relax at Narigama Beach.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Galle day trip app.

You can fly from Dambulla to Galle in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In December, daily temperatures in Galle can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Nandana Tea Factory, Kalutara Bodhiya, Safaris, Handunugoda Tea Estate
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Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Kayaking & Canoeing
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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