14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Vilnius
Fly + taxi:  16​h
1
Dambulla
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Yala National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Galle
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h
6
Kandy
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Vilnius

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Dambulla: Avukana Buddha Statue (in Kekirawa), Pidurangala Rock (in Sigiriya) and Polonnaruwa (in Polonnaruwa). There's still lots to do: stroll through Golden Temple of Dambulla, browse the exhibits of Pethikada, and delve into the distant past at Sigiriya.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Dambulla trip planner .

Vilnius, Lithuania to Dambulla is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Traveling from Vilnius to Dambulla, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Avukana Buddha Statue, Polonnaruwa
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

1
night
Yala National Park

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 19th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Yala National Park trip itinerary app .

You can fly from Dambulla to Yala National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. December in Yala National Park sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Ella.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Parks Nature
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take in the views from Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, then indulge your taste buds at Honey Bee Garden, and finally take in the exciting artwork at R. M. S Antique And Brassware. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya, take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, and then explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Ella trip itinerary planner .

Explore your travel options from Yala National Park to Ella with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Uda Walawe National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes

Side Trip

Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

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 22nd (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Uda Walawe National Park.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Uda Walawe National Park trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Ella to Uda Walawe National Park in 2.5 hours. December in Uda Walawe National Park sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Galle.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Udawalawe National Park ©
Udawalawe National Park

2
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
On the 23rd (Mon), look for gifts at Lak Gems & Jewellery, then kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, and then steep yourself in history at Galle Fort.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Galle sightseeing tool .

Drive from Uda Walawe National Park to Galle in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, daytime highs in Galle are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Mirissa, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach

4
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kandy: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, stroll through Knuckles Forest Reserve, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asgiriya Maha Viharaya.

For maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kandy road trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Galle to Kandy takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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