14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  9​h
1
Galle
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
2
Mirissa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Beruwala
— 1 night
taxi + train:  1​h 15​min
4
Colombo
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h
5
Kandy
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  2​h
6
Uda Walawe National Park
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
7
Pinnawala
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Dambulla
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: New Delhi

2
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Galle travel planner.

New Delhi, India to Galle is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Galle

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Jungle Beach
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Lihiniya Gems ©
Lihiniya Gems

1
night
Mirissa

The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirissa Beach, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Mirissa trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Galle to Mirissa in an hour. Another option is to take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive to Beruwala.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Spas & Wellness

1
night
Beruwala

Beruwala ©
Beruwala is a town in Kalutara District, Western Province, Sri Lanka, governed by an Urban Council. On the 25th (Mon), stop by Dara Gems and Jewellery, then kick back and relax at Bentota Beach, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kande Viharaya.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Beruwala vacation trip planner.

Drive from Mirissa to Beruwala in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. December in Beruwala sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Colombo.

Things to do in Beruwala

Classes Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Bentota Beach, Kande Viharaya
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Dara Gems & Jewellery ©
Dara Gems & Jewellery
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Kande Viharaya ©
Kande Viharaya

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then look for gifts at Barefoot, and then look for gifts at Stone 'N' String. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the different shops at Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, then see the interesting displays at Colombo National Museum, and finally browse the different shops at Arcade Independence Square.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Colombo itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Beruwala to Colombo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in December, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Shopping Wildlife Tours
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Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct ©
Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
On the 28th (Thu), admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, then stop by Jayamali Batiks Studio, then steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace of Kandy.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Kandy vacation builder.

Getting from Colombo to Kandy by combination of flight and taxi takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Uda Walawe National Park.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Udawalawe National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Elephant Transit Home, then look for all kinds of wild species at Udawalawa Safari, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Uda Walawe National Park travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Uda Walawe National Park in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel to Pinnawala.

Things to do in Uda Walawe National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Udawalawe National Park ©
Udawalawe National Park
Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)
Udawalawa Safari ©
Udawalawa Safari

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nights
Pinnawala

Pinnawala ©
The main attraction in Pinnawala is undoubtedly its elephant orphanage.
On the 31st (Sun), soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then see the interesting displays at National Railway Museum, and then make a trip to Siri Gautama Sambuddharaja Maligawa. On the next day, meet the residents at Pinnawala Zoo, then look for all kinds of wild species at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, then identify plant and animal life at Millennium Elephant Foundation, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Pinnawala trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Uda Walawe National Park to Pinnawala takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In December, daily temperatures in Pinnawala can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Pinnawala

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Polgahawela, Pinnawala Zoo, Millennium Elephant Foundation, National Railway Museum
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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Millennium Elephant Foundation ©
Millennium Elephant Foundation
Siri Gautama Sambuddharaja Maligawa ©

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): explore the fascinating underground world of The Golden Temple, don't miss a visit to Sigiriya World Heritage Site, then see the interesting displays at Pethikada, and finally look for gifts at Sigiriya Craft Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Minneriya National Park.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Dambulla trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Pinnawala to Dambulla in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Dambulla

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Minneriya National Park, Karu Arts & Crafts
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

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