14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
Dambulla
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
2
Tissamaharama
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Haputale
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Unawatuna
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h
5
Kandy
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Amsterdam

1
night
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 24th (Sun): look for gifts at Lanka Silks, then look for gifts at Sigiriya Craft Village, then explore the historical opulence of Golden Cave Temple, and finally Head underground at The Golden Temple.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Dambulla travel planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Dambulla is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a 4 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Dambulla

Shopping Nature Parks

Side Trip

Sigiriya
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Lanka Silks ©
Lanka Silks

2
nights
Tissamaharama

Tissamaharama ©
Tourism in Tissamaharama revolves around the town's vast historic and cultural heritage, with the surroundings of scenic paddy fields adding to the ambiance.
Take a break from Tissamaharama with a short trip to Udawalawe National Park in Uda Walawe National Park, about 1h 25 min away. Spend the 25th (Mon) exploring nature at Yala National Park. Spend the 27th (Wed) exploring nature at Bundala National Park.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Tissamaharama travel itinerary creator.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Dambulla to Tissamaharama in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Tissamaharama can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Haputale.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Nature Parks

Side Trips

Yala National Park, Bundala National Park, Udawalawe National Park
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Udawalawe National Park ©
Udawalawe National Park
Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park

3
nights
Haputale

Haputale ©
Nestled atop Uva, Sri Lanka's main mountain range, lies tranquil Haputale.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Haputale: Ella (Ella Rock & Little Adam's Peak), Horton Plains National Park (in Ohiya) and World's End (in Nuwara Eliya).

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Haputale trip generator.

You can drive from Tissamaharama to Haputale in 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Haputale

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Ella, Horton Plains National Park
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

3
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Change things up with these side-trips from Unawatuna: Mirissa (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Mirissa Beach) and Hikkaduwa (Hikkaduwa Beach & Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Jungle Beach, contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, look for gifts at Embark, and kick back and relax at Unawatuna Beach.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Unawatuna travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Haputale to Unawatuna takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Mirissa, Galle
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle 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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): explore the activities along Kandy Lake, then take an in-depth tour of Raja Museum, then steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally identify plant and animal life at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Alagalla Mountain Range, and then don't miss a visit to Kandy view point.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kandy trip generator.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Unawatuna to Kandy in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and train. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Royal Botanical Gardens
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 5:
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

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