14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Colombo, Taxi to Anuradhapura
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Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nilaveli
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Polonnaruwa
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nuwara Eliya
— 2 nights
Fly
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Galle
— 4 nights
Fly

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Anuradhapura

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): don't miss a visit to Isurumuniya Temple and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba and then admire the landmark architecture of Ruwanwelisaya.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Anuradhapura attractions planner.

Amman, Jordan to Anuradhapura is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and taxi. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to India Standard Time, which is usually a 3.5 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Nilaveli.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 1 — 3:

Nilaveli

— 2 nights
The coastal resort town of Nilaveli draws visitors with its beaches, dive spots, and seaside hotels.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then kick back and relax at Nilaveli Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll the grounds of Trincomalee War Cemetery and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Koneswaram Temple.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Nilaveli trip planner.

Drive from Anuradhapura to Nilaveli in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Nilaveli

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 3 — 5:

Polonnaruwa

— 3 nights
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Step out of the city life by going to Safaris and Kaudulla National Park. Step off the beaten path and head to Passikudah Beach and Dhilip De Alwis. There's still lots to do: appreciate the history behind Gal Vihara.

To find out how to plan a trip to Polonnaruwa, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Nilaveli to Polonnaruwa in 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 5 — 8:

Nuwara Eliya

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Devon Falls and then take in the dramatic scenery at St Clair's Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country, then stop by Mackwoods Tea Centre, and then experience rural life at Bluefield Tea Gardens.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Nuwara Eliya planner.

Traveling by car from Polonnaruwa to Nuwara Eliya takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Galle.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Jun 8 — 10:

Galle

— 4 nights
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Visit Ahungalla Beach and Mihiripenna Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore hidden gems such as Dolphin & Whale Watching and Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara. Go for a jaunt from Galle to Beruwala to see Beruwala Beach about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and look for gifts at Cara Jewellers.

For where to stay and more tourist information, read our Galle vacation maker.

Traveling by flight from Nuwara Eliya to Galle takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In June, daytime highs in Galle are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. You will leave for home on the 14th (Tue).

Things to do in Galle

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 10 — 14:

Sri Lanka travel guide

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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.