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2 Weeks Travel Itineraries in Sri Lanka

Want to make your next adventure Sri Lanka? From flourishing and abundant flora and fauna, authentic food to breathtaking temples and national parks, this island country has so much to offer. 

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2 Week Itinerary ideas to Sri Lanka

We've put together the top Itineraries for a 2 week stay in Sri Lanka. Get ready for a once in a lifetime adventure as you explore the country's rich culture, extensive variety of cuisine, exciting activities and majestic temples.

ITINERARY 1

Sigiriya Rock (1 day) - Put on your hiking shoes, grab your camera and head out to climb the incredible Sigiriya Rock. Protruding proudly out of the earth, ruins of a grand palace provide evidence of a once violent and noble history.

Kandy (2 days) - Visit a spice garden to learn about where our favourite spices come from. Then traverse the hills that provide a stunning view of the artificial but now notoriously beautiful Kandy Lake. In the afternoon, enjoy a cooking class and learn the secret to a perfect Sri Lankan curry. 

Ella (2 days) - Ella plays host to some of the best Ayurveda massage parlours in Sri Lanka. A thousand-year-old technique which removes any aches or pains you may have, it's the perfect way to relax. Next, explore the hidden gems of Ella, such as the 9 Arch Bridge, Ella Gap and then hike up Little Adams peak for sunset.

Uda Walawe National Park (1 day) - Go on a safari, searching the wilderness for herds of elephants, buffalo, crocodiles, monkeys, eagles, hawks, peacocks, mongoose and if you're lucky, leopards. Truly a once in a lifetime experience, your day in the national park will be a tough one to beat. 

Mirissa (1 day) - Arrive at the stunning beachside town of Mirissa. A place where the world class waves hit the sand, where turtles inhabit the water, and where the beer is ice cold. 

Colombo (2 days) - Visit the national museum or art gallery close by, or take a tuk-tuk and run around the manic streets of the Pattah Markets for some final souvenir shopping.

Discover the full itinerary here: Sri Lanka One Life Adventures - 12 Days

ITINERARY 2

Anuradhapura (2 days) - Visit Mihintale, the sacred birthplace of Sri Lankan Buddhism and go on a guided bicycle tour of the city. The ruins themselves are spread over a large area, some in woodland settings and others appearing park-like with columns and ponds dotted about.

Polonnaruwa (1 day) - Travel on to Polonnaruwa, the capital of the Indian Chola Dynasty after Anuradhapura was conquered in the late 10th century. A likely highlight will be the massive stone Buddhas: 14-metre-high granite carvings of the iconic reclining Buddha which represent the zenith of Sinhalese rock carving. 

Dambulla (1 day) - Explore the amazing Dambulla Cave Temples which are located high on a stone cliff face, with numerous steps to enter. 

Kandy (2 days) - In Kandy, visit the Dalada Maligawa (aka Temple of the Tooth), Sri Lanka's most important Buddhist site, and mingle with the white-clad pilgrims who come here to worship. 

Bandarawela (1 day) - Visit a local home for a cooking demonstration to learn some secrets of traditional Sri Lankan cuisine.

Mirissa (2 days) - Enjoy a day of beach splendour in Mirissa. The beach itself is a long curve of sand with lovely clear waters for swimming – a great spot to watch the sunset. Consider taking a bicycle ride or tuk-tuk to nearby Weligama, where colourful fishing boats bring fresh fish to sell along the shore or 'bikesplore' the lesser-known areas of nearby Galle. 

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2 week budget itinerary in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a popular destination amongst backpackers and those who seek to maximize every penny during their travels. We’ve pulled two of the best 2 week itinerary ideas for budget travellers where you’ll find plenty of affordable local experiences, accommodation and culinary adventures.

ITINERARY 1
 
Sigiriya (2 days) - Visit the UNESCO World Heritage City of Sigiriya. Explore the region and see the Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Polonnaruwa Temple, Minneriya National Park or Anurhadhapura historical site. 

Kandy (2 days) - Explore the stunning city of Kandy, visit a cultural dance, the Temple of the Tooth, or a cricket match. 

Nuwara Eliya (2 days) - Travel to stunning Nuwara Eliya. Visit a tea plantation and explore the nearby hills on foot. 

Ella (3 days) - Spend the morning trekking Little Adam's Peak, then enjoy some free time in scenic Ella. Opt to trek to Ella Rock or take a local cooking class led by locals.

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ITINERARY 2

Colombo (2 days) - Explore the stunning Portuguese and Dutch architecture and enjoy a guided tour of the city. 

Sigiriya (3 days) - Visit the World Heritage Site of the Golden Cave Temple of Dambulla in Sigiriya. On the following day, enjoy a walking tour of a local village to learn about their way of life while getting a chance to try the regional cuisine at a lunch prepared by the families of the community. Later, visit the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Built during the fifth century, this fortress boasts well-laid out gardens, caves, monasteries, and palaces with beautiful wall motifs.

Kandy (2 days) - Go for a stroll around Kandy Lake and visit the famed Temple of the Tooth and then enjoy an orientation walk through the city. Attend a Kandyan cultural dance in the evening. 

Nuwara Eliya (2 days) - The town, also known as 'Little England', offers a lot of options for visitors. Explore the nature trails, visit the plantations, or go golfing and horseback riding.

Ella (3 days) - Trek to the peak of Ella Rock and take in the views. Explore the surrounding landscape in the afternoon then relax in town. 

Yala National Park (2 days) - Take your time to explore the depth of this incredibly bio-diverse national park and enjoy a safari experience unlike any other. 

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Sigiriya Lion Rock Fortress
Sigiriya Lion Rock Fortress

2 Week safari itinerary ideas for Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is also known for its luscious rainforest, home to hundreds of species of exotic birds and wildlife. Experience the ultimate safari adventure in Yala National Park and go diving or swimming with the dolphins near Mirissa Beach. 

ITINERARY 

Sinharaja (2 days) -  Sinharaja is one of the best places in Sri Lanka to do bird watching and butterflies observation. 

Uda Walawe National Park (3 days) - This park has an amazing array of animal and birdlife, with more herds of wild elephant than anywhere else in Sri Lanka. Discover how this majestic creature has been part of Sri Lankan culture for centuries during a visit to the nearby Elephant Transit Home. Run by the Sri Lankan Department of Wildlife Conservation, ETH provides shelter for orphaned or abandoned baby elephants with the aim of releasing them into the wild. 

Yala National Park (2 days) - This national park is widely known for the various species of Sri Lankan birdlife that reside or migrate here. The park itself is noteworthy for its waterbirds as every single species is said to visit here.

Mirissa (3 days) - Mirissa has earned a reputation as one of the world’s hotspots for whale and dolphin watching and its beach is known to be one of the most beautiful beaches in Sri Lanka. The area has it all, beautiful beaches, surf waves, whale watching and great bars and restaurants.

Kosgoda (1 day) - Popular for its turtle hatchery, you can see turtles in their natural habitat and you may even get to see turtles laying eggs in the evening hours. The Turtle Conservation Project is the only place where turtles are not held in captivity and therefore we strongly recommend that you visit this location instead of other hatcheries.

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2 Week Itinerary ideas to Sri Lanka and The Maldives

If Sri Lanka’s breathtaking sceneries and cultural sites left you in awe, get ready because we are about to double the fun with itinerary ideas that include the magnificent island of The Maldives!

ITINERARY

Kandy (2 days) - Drive to Kandy, visiting a spice plantation en route. In the afternoon, explore the city and then visit the Temple of the Tooth. 

Ella (3 days) - Enjoy a tour through a tea plantation and learn about one of the nation's most popular exports followed by a tea tasting. Then hike to Ella Rock, before heading into town where you can explore the streets by tuk-tuk. 

Udawalawe National Park (3 days) - Visit the Elephant Transit Home before enjoying an afternoon wildlife safari through Udawalawe National Park. Afterwards, head to a tented camp by the lake on the edge of the park and relax with a BBQ dinner around the campfire.

South Malé Atoll (1 day) - Cruise south for 2-3 hours through the Vaadhoo Canal to a nearby island in South Malé Atoll. Also make sure to visit Guraidhoo, a small inhabited island. 

Felidhu Atoll (5 days) - Cruise to the southernmost point of South Malé Atoll before crossing the channel into Felidhu Atoll. The main industry here is fishing and there is typically an opportunity to see traditional boat-building on at least one of the islands. Enjoy activities such as snorkelling, island visits, and a Boduberu performance.  

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Maldives beach view
Maldives beach view
Sunset in Southern Sri Lanka
Sunset in Southern Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Glossary

Popular beach destinations
Mirissa, Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa and many more
Currency
Sri Lankan Rupee
Capital city
Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte
Inhabitants
21 million
Driving side
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