Sri Lanka itinerary 14 days or Sri Lanka 14 days tour is one of the most demanding trip packages in Sri Lanka and a large number of foreign travellers, mostly European travellers like to book this trip. Sri Lanka 14 days tour package has a fascinating blend of leisure, wildlife safari, visiting temples, Sri Lanka hill country, cultural shows, Sri Lanka’s southern coast, and visiting ancient monuments. 18 Best places to visit in Sri Lanka in 14 days, this blog post with a carefully crafted 14 days tour itinerary includes a set of important tourist attractions. This lengthy blog post is intended to provide a well-documented and tested tour itinerary for a memorable two-week Sri Lanka holiday package. So far we (Seerendipity tours) have organized this Sri Lanka two weeks itinerary for a large number of foreign as well as local travellers and most of the time we received highly satisfying comments on the trip.
Table of Contents
- Places to go on a Sri Lanka 14 days itinerary
- What is the best route for the Sri Lanka 14 days tour?
- When is the best time for Sri Lanka 14 days trip?
- What are the 18 best places to visit in Sri Lanka in 14 days?
- What are the major parts of Sri Lanka 14 days itinerary?
- Sri Lanka 14 days tour-Sri Lanka cultural triangle
- What are the important historical sites included in Sri Lanka 14 days itinerary?
- 14 days Sri Lanka itinerary-Sri Lanka hill country
- What are the important hill country sites included in Sri Lanka 14 days itinerary?
- Sri Lanka 14 days tour itienray-southern Sri Lanka
- Sri Lanka 14 days tour itienray-West coast Sri Lanka
- What are the beaches included in Sri Lanka 14 days itinerary?
- What is the best itinerary for Sri Lanka 14 days tour?
- When is the best time for above mentioned 14 days trip itinerary?
- Map of Sri Lanka 14 days tour
- Getting a visa for Sri Lanka 14 days itinerary
- Arrange transport for the 14-day Sri Lanka tour
- Finding accommodation for 14 days on the Sri Lanka trip
- Clothing guide for your Sri Lanka 14 days trip
- How much does it cost for Sri Lanka 14 days trip?
- Can I book accommodation for my 14 days tour on my own?
- Sri Lanka 14 days tour itinerary
- Day 1 of Sri Lanka 14 days tour: Arrival in Colombo
- Day 2 of Sri Lanka 14 days tour: In the morning city tour and afternoon visit Anuradhapura ancient city
- Day 3 of Sri Lanka itinerary 14 days: Morning Hike Sigiriya Rock afternoon Sigiriya village tour with cooking class
- Day 4 of Sri Lanka itinerary 14 days: Visiting a spice garden in the morning and visiting the tooth relic temple and Kandyan cultural show in the afternoon.
- Day 5 of Sri Lanka itinerary 2 weeks: In the morning Kandy sightseeing tour and afternoon visit to the royal botanical garden
- Day 6 of Sri Lanka itinerary 14 days: Visiting breathtaking mountains and tea gardens
- Day 7 of Sri Lanka itinerary 14 days: Visiting Horton plains national park
- Day 8 of Sri Lanka itinerary 14 days: Jeep safari at Yala national park
- Day 9 of Sri Lanka itinerary 14 days: Beach hopping in Mirissa
- Day 10 of Sri Lanka itinerary 14 days: In the morning whale watching and afternoon visit Galle fortress
- Day 11+12+13 of Sri Lanka itinerary 14 days: Sri Lanka 14 days itinerary, Leisure in the beach resort
- Day 14 of Sri Lanka itinerary 14 days: Leave for Colombo airport for onward flight.
- Enquiries about 14 days Sri Lanak tour
- Why should you book 14 day Sri Lanka tour with Seerendipity tours?
Places to go on a Sri Lanka 14 days itinerary
I wanted to publish this Sri Lanka tour itinerary for a long time but in front of my busy schedule, I had to postpone it many times. At last, I was able to put all my thought about a 14-day Sri Lanka itinerary into this blog post. I wanted to write this blog post because I receive many emails from readers with questions like “What is the best program for a Sri Lanka two weeks trip?”, “What is the best program for 14 days in Sri Lanka?”, “What is the best Sri Lanka itinerary for 14 days?”.
At first, most people think that travelling in Sri Lanka is difficult and complicated… a chaotic traffic system, little information about the travel routes, and most of all a lot of uncertainty on the island. Even though it seems a bit difficult to travel in Sri Lanka, it is not essentially being like that, with careful planning. At the completion of this Sri Lanka two-week itinerary, you will understand how easy to travel in Sri Lanka with the proper itinerary.
This Sri Lanka two-week itinerary is carefully planned with the intention to provide a memorable experience for travellers. So far Seerendipity tours have organized this Sri Lanka two-week itinerary for many foreign travellers and received very good comments on the trip.
What is the best route for the Sri Lanka 14 days tour?
The 14 days Sri Lanka tour is available mainly on two major routes,
- 14 days tour Sri Lanka tour on the northern route.
- 14 days Sri Lanka tour on the southern route.
Sri Lanka’s southern route is the most popular for Sri Lanka 14 days tour, therefore, most travellers who venture on this 14 days trip take the southern route. However, a few customers, who travel on the island also take the northern route, but number-wise it is negligible. If you choose the northern circuit for the 14-day Sri Lanka trip you will miss some of the popular tourist attractions in Sri Lanka such as the southern coast, west coast, Sri Lanka hill country, and Wildlife reserves such as Yala, Galle fort, Whale watching, etc.
When is the best time for Sri Lanka 14 days trip?
Sri Lanak is suitable for holiday at any given time of the year. Therfore, you can engage in a Sri Lanka 14 days tour throughout the year. However, depending on the weather pattern you have to choose either southern route or northern route for your Sri Lanka 14 days itinerary. The best route for 14 days tour undertaken from Novemerb to April is the southern route. If the tour takes place from April to October the best route would be the northern route.
What are the 18 best places to visit in Sri Lanka in 14 days?
- Dambulla cave temple
- Sigiriya rock fortress
- Matale spice garden
- Tooth relic temple Kandy
- Kandyan cultural show
- Royal botanical garden Kandy
- Tea estate and factory Nuwara Eliya
- Gregory Lake Nuwara Eliya
- Victoria Park Nuwara Eliya
- Horton plains national park Nuwara Eliya
- Seetha Temple Nuwara Eliya
- Ramboda waterfall
- Pinnawala elephant orphanage
- Yala national park
- Mirissa beach (whale watching)
- Galle Fort
- Bentota Beach
What are the major parts of Sri Lanka 14 days itinerary?
Sri Lanak 14 days tour is a well-balanced tour program and it includes most major tourist attractions on the island. It covers mainly the below-mentioned areas.
- Exploring Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle 4-5 days
- Exploring Sri Lanka hill country 2-3 days
- Exploring wildlife and Sri Lanka’s south coast 2-3
- Exploring Sri Lanka’s west coast and having a leisurely beach stay for 5-6 days
Sri Lanka 14 days tour-Sri Lanka cultural triangle
Sri Lanka cultural triangle is part of most Sri Lanka multi-day tours and a Sri Lanka trip cannot be considered complete without the cultural triangle. Therefore, most 14 days Sri Lanka trips also include the cultural triangle. The cultural triangle is very important as it harbours hundreds of Stupas, Dagobas, temples, palaces, gardens, lakes and many other ancient structures that showcase the advanced know-how employed by the ancient engineers and artisans. Usually, the Cultural triangle is the first top on the 14 days Sri Lanka trip and the travellers spend a few days in the cultural triangle while exploring the ancient monuments.
What are the important historical sites included in Sri Lanka 14 days itinerary?
The cultural triangle tour lasts between 2-3 days depending on the client’s interest in history and religion. The below-mentioned cultural and historical cities in included in teh 14 days Sri Lanka trip.
14 days Sri Lanka itinerary-Sri Lanka hill country
After exploring the cultural and historical marvels in the cultural triangle there travellers move to Sri Lanka hill on this 14-day Sri Lanak itinerary. Sri Lanka’s hill country harbours some of the most beautiful places in Sri Lanka. The mountain-rich hill country is a place to see large tea plantations, green-capped mountains, rivers, streams, cascading waterfalls and beautiful landscapes. The alluring hill country is also popular for its healing climate and a large number of local travellers make their way to Nuwara Eliya on short vacations to escape from the scorching heat of the low country of Sri Lanka.
What are the important hill country sites included in Sri Lanka 14 days itinerary?
There are a large number of places to visit in the hill country, however, on Sri Lanka 14 days tour itinerary we plan stops only in the major tourist attractions such as Ella, Horton plains and Nuwara Eliya. Depending on teh interest of teh travellers it may also be included with a few other places such as Bandarawell, Ambewela and Galway forest.
- Nuwara Eliya
- Horton plains
Sri Lanka 14 days tour itienray-southern Sri Lanka
Southern Sri Lanka is popular for wildlife tours in Sri Lanka. The Yala national park is the most popular national park in Sri Lanka and more than 75 per cent of travellers head on to Yala for taking part in thrilling wildlife tours. Yala is one of teh best places to see wild animals in teh world and it is one of the best places to see elusive leopards. The travellers, who book Sri Lanak 14 days tour move to the southern coast after exploring the hill country and they will spend 1 or 2 days on the south coast. Apart from the wildlife tours other major activities to do on the south coast are watersports, beach hopping and whale watching.
Sri Lanka 14 days tour itienray-West coast Sri Lanka
The last leg of teh Sri Lanka 14 days tour is the beach stay on Sri Lanka’s west coast. As you arrive on the west coast, you may have spent about 8 days of your 14 days trip. The 14 days Sri Lanka itinerary is planned in such as way that it covers major tourist attractions in the first few days of the trip and the tail end of the trip is reserved for a leisurely beach stay. On this 14 days trip, the travellers anchored in beach resorts on the west coast such as Bentota, Hikkaduwa, and Kalutara for about 6-7 days.
What are the beaches included in Sri Lanka 14 days itinerary?
Here are some of the leading beaches in Sri Lanka. Most probably your Sri Lanka 14 days tour includes a beach holiday based on one of those places.
What is the best itinerary for Sri Lanka 14 days tour?
- Day 1: Arrival in Colombo (The “Pearl of the Indian Ocean”)
- Day 2: Colombo city Anuradhaoura Dambulla temple
- Day 3: Sigiriya Rock village tour
- Day 4: Spice garden, tooth relic temple, and Kandyan cultural show
- Day 5: Royal botanical garden Kandy city tour
- Day 6: Nuwara Eliya tea gardens
- Day 7: Horton plains national park
- Day 8: Jeep safari at Yala national park
- Day 9: Beach Mirissa
- Day 10: Whale-watching Galle fort
- Day 11+12+13: leisure in the Beach Resort Bentota
- Day 14: Departure
When is the best time for above mentioned 14 days trip itinerary?
The tour covers a large part of Western Sri Lanka and the southern coast of Sri Lanka. Same time this tour package includes many places in the cultural triangle as well as the central mountain range. Therefore, November to April is the best time for the Sri Lanka trip, during which all areas mentioned above has warm and sunny weather.
Map of Sri Lanka 14 days tour
Getting a visa for Sri Lanka 14 days itinerary
A foreign traveller, who plans a trip to Sri Lanka, is required to obtain a visa to enter the island; few countries are exempted from visas such as Singapore, Seychelles, and the Maldives, however, most countries are not exempted from visas. The easiest way of obtaining a visa is by applying for an e-visa, in which the applicant fills out the application form and pays online. The visa is processed in about 2 working days and sent to the applicant.
However, there are a few requirements to fulfil in order to apply for the visa such as passport validity which should be at least 180 days in advance, return flight ticket. Tourists from Cameroon, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, and Ghana should report to the Sri Lankan overseas mission in order to apply for a visa.
The Visa fee for travellers from SAARC countries (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) is US$20 and the Visa fee for other nations is US$ 35.
Under the ETA fee waiver program, travellers from the below countries are not required to pay for the visa
Arrange transport for the 14-day Sri Lanka tour
Travelling in Sri Lanka can be a daunting task and put your holiday in jeopardy if you do not plan it properly. This Sri Lanka two-week itinerary is planned with a private vehicle, which is the best way of getting around the island. A train journey can be recommended from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya or from Nuwara Eliya to Ella in order to enjoy the breathtaking scenery in the mountains. Seerendipity tours can organize the train trip and reserve the tickets for you please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finding accommodation for 14 days on the Sri Lanka trip
This program for 14 days in Sri Lanka can be planned with any type of accommodation categories such as 3-star, 4-star, or 5-star, all depending on your holiday budget and requirement. Daily breakfast and dinner at the hotel and lunch and drinks should be self-financed.
European food is available in all areas that you encounter on this Sri Lanka two-week itinerary and easily can find restaurants with hygienic food that are approved by the tourist board. Supermarkets are also available in all corners of the island, where you can buy fruits, chips, biscuits, and drinks without any hassle.
Clothing guide for your Sri Lanka 14 days trip
The light cotton dress is the perfect attire for Sri Lanka, where the temperature hovers around 33 degrees Celsius. The average humidity in the country is also very high and measured to be around 90 per cent. There are many religious sites to visit during the 14 days in Sri Lanka. When it comes to visiting a Buddhist temple you need to have a proper dress code and there are a few rules that you need to abide by, read more on the Sri Lanka Buddhist temple dress code.
How much does it cost for Sri Lanka 14 days trip?
This Sri Lanka two-week itinerary with a 4-star hotel cost US$ 900 per person on twin sharing double (travelling two-person, sleeping in one double room). The price includes all entrance fees, entire ground transportation, accommodation with daily breakfast and dinner, English speaking tour guide, and all government taxes.
Can I book accommodation for my 14 days tour on my own?
YES, you can book the accommodation required for your 14 days Sri Lanka trip. However, it is highly recommended to book accommodation, sightseeing tours, transfers, guides and all other things as a bundle or as a package tour. When you book the trip as a package tour it reduces the rates by 20-30%. Because local tour operators are been given a special rate by hotel operators and usually the tour operators pass that benefit to the travellers.
Sri Lanka 14 days tour itinerary
- Duration: 14 days
- Itinerary: Colombo, Sigiriya, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Yala, Bentota
- Price P.P: USD 900 (excl. Flight)
- Means of Travel: Private car
Day 1 of Sri Lanka 14 days tour: Arrival in Colombo
The Pearl of the Indian Ocean …. This is what the ancient seafarers called the island; the island was called by many different names over the last several millennia until it was named Sri Lanka in 1972. However Sri Lanka is still known as Ceylon to many people around the world because the island was given the name of Ceylon by the British administrators, who controlled the island from 1792 to 1948 and the official name of the country remained Ceylon for more than a century, therefore the word Ceylon is engraved in the mind of most people around the world.
Usually, most visitors to Sri Lanka land at the Katunayake international airport, and about 10% of visitors to Sri Lanka enter the country through the coastal gates, mainly the Colombo harbour. In this Sri Lanka two-week itinerary we have not planned any activities on the day that you land on the island. Most travellers who arrive are existed with hour-long flights and drive; therefore most travellers love to have a rest at the very beginning, which of course we know by experience. You will not be able to get a real first impression of the island until the next day.
You will meet the representative of Seerendipity tours and drive to the hotel in Colombo, which is near the city centre. The drive from the airport to the hotel will take around 45 minutes. The rest of the day is reserved for you to have leisure.
Day 2 of Sri Lanka 14 days tour: In the morning city tour and afternoon visit Anuradhapura ancient city
After a leisurely breakfast, you leave for the ancient city of Anuradhapura, en route Colombo city tour.
Sri Lanka 14 days tour-Colombo city tour
Colombo is the commercial hub of the island and one of the most beautiful cities on the island. There are many interesting tourist attractions in the city amidst the relentless hustle and bustle. There are many important places featuring religious attractions, colonial monuments, parks, cultural places and beaches. I feel that Colombo does not offer much for nightlife lovers, except several nightclubs, casinos, discos, and cinemas. The bars and restaurants in the city are open until about midnight.
Colombo is on the west coast of Sri Lanka, you will feel the heat due to the high temperature in the city which hovers around 33 Celsius degrees, however, our fully air-conditioned vehicle keeps you conformable and makes it easy to handle the situation. There are several places where you need to get off the vehicle in order to have a closer look, places as Gangarama temple, Viharamahadevi Park, Independent square, Galle face…, and several other places.
If you travel from April to November, it is better to keep an eye on the daily weather forecast, due to the southwest monsoon, which soaks southern and western Sri Lanka including Colombo. The heavy rainfall can result in Colombo during the monsoon and makes it difficult to explore the city.
Visiting Anuradhapura on 14 days trip to Sri Lanka
Anuradhapura is considered as the oldest city in Sri Lanka dating back to the 3rd century BC. Anuradhapura was the capital of Sri Lanka for more than one thousand of years and the country was ruled by hundreds of kings living in the city. Anuradhapura is an archaeological city with many hundreds of historical monuments scattered over more than 40 square kilometres. The visitors can witness huge construction such as Jetwanarama, which was the 3rd tallest brick building in teh ancient world after 2 pyramids in Giza. Jetawanrama was the largest Buddhist construction in the world. Your hop-on hop-off city tour includes a large number of Buddhist temples, palaces, gardens, Buddha statues and many other ancient constructions.
14 days Sri Lanka tour-Visiting the Dambulla cave temple
After the Colombo city tour, which is the first activity on this Sri Lanka two-week itinerary, you drive to Dambulla golden cave temple. Dambulla is in the dry zone of Sri Lanka and you feel the changing Fauna and weather as you get closer to the dry zone. The journey from Colombo to Dambulla lasts around 4 hours but you will probably make a few more stops as you pass picturesque countryside.
Afternoon hike to the Dambulla golden cave temple, Dambulla cave temple is a UNESCO world heritage site and one of the oldest Buddhist temples in the world, dating back to the 1st century BC. After visiting the temple drive to the hotel which is about 10 km from the site.
At Dambulla golden cave temple, the traveller encounters hordes of visitors, however, the most of visitors to the temple are foreign travellers while local travellers make up just a fraction of the visitors. This is due to the fact that Dambulla golden temple is more popular as a tourist attraction than a religious site. The travellers encounter many climbs at the site as they make up to the hidden shrine that spreads over the 5 natural caves. The temple is located atop hills, which demands you to climb hundreds of steep, uneven stairs, often without the support of a hand trail. The climb can be a bit of a challenge for some.
The climb at the temple is strenuous but it is very rewarding. The visitors can witness hundreds of ancient paintings, frescoes, and statues at the temple. The pieces of picturesque wall art tell the various stories of the life of Buddha.
Day 3 of Sri Lanka itinerary 14 days: Morning Hike Sigiriya Rock afternoon Sigiriya village tour with cooking class
After breakfast leave for Sigiriya rock fortress. In teh afternoon village tour of Sigiriya and later visit Ibbankatuwa’s ancient burial ground and Pidurangala temple.
Sigiriya rock fortress, the fifth-century rock fortress attracts a large number of foreign as well as local travellers. This UNESCO world heritage site features advanced engineering skills, a firm grasp of hydraulic principles, and the rich architectural capabilities of ancient engineers. Sigiriya frescoes paintings that are dating back to the 5th century still shine with their native colours.
A good pair of shoes with a light cotton dress is recommended on this 2000 steps hike that lasts around one hour. Sigiriya historical site occupies a large space in the dry zone of Sri Lanka and is surrounded by thick green vegetation.
Sigiriya is an iconic tourist attraction and the panoramic view from the top of the 500 meters tall monolithic rock, is a highlight of this Sri Lanka two-week itinerary for most travellers. Unlike the hike at Dambulla cave temple, it is much more strenuous at Sigiriya and it is recommended to take adequate fluid during the hike due to the sweaty, warm climate.
After lunch, it is time to earn about the rural life of Sri Lanka. Up next on Sri Lanka two itineraries are the Sigiriya village tour. Even though it is called the Sigiriya village tour, actually the tour takes place in the laid-back village known as Hiriwadunna, which is one of the most remote and underdeveloped villages in the dry zone.
The village tour is a perfect opportunity to experience rural life and the program includes a bullock cart ride, boating in the village lake, visiting rice paddy, farm, and rural house, and a cooking class with a typical warm Sri Lankan meal.
The atmosphere in the village tour is magical…green is the dominating colour and birds make vivid sounds from trees that can be heard from a distance due to the calm and quiet atmosphere. You will prepare a Sri Lankan meal with our cook and sample a delicious Sri Lankan meal ultimately. This will be an amazing experience for travellers, especially for nature lovers, foodie tourists, and bird watchers, after the village tour drive to the hotel.
Ibbankatuwa burial ground
The Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs is another important historical site in teh cultural triangle of Sri Lanka. Ibbankatuwa burial ground has been declared an archaeological protected site in Sri Lanka, due to its historical and cultural importance. The Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs is located a few kilometres away from Dambulla golden temple and it can be easily added to the 14-day Sri Lanka tour itinerary. According to teh archaeological evidence, the burial ground belongs to the megalithic prehistoric and protohistoric periods of Sri Lanka.
Despite its importance, this historical site is not on the tour itinerary of most travellers. It is recommended to visit this historical site if you have time because it is one of the very rare burial grounds, which shows the tradition of people living many thousands of years ago in sri Lanka. Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs is one of the oldest burial grounds on the island.
Pidurangala ancient temple
Pidirangala ancient temple is another important landmark in the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka. The historical temple has many Buddha statues and paintings dating back many centuries. This ancient temple has been a feature of Sigiriya ancient site for many decades, however, it is another site that many tourists miss on their Sri Lanka trip, it is mainly due to the unavailability of time. If you book a Sri Lanka one-day tour, two days tour or even 7 days trip to Sri Lanka, Pidurangla may not be on your itinerary, due to time constraints. However, with 14 days tour, you can find time to visit the Pidurangala cave temple.
Pidurangala is a lot more than an ancient Buddhist temple. The temple is surrounded by lush green vegetation, which is inhabited by a large number of bird species. Most travellers visit Pidurangala temple before sunrise thereby they can witness the stunning sunrise from the top of the rock The imposing monolithic rock of Pidurangla rises about 300 meters from the ground, giving breathtaking scenery across the rice paddies, lakes, rivers, Sigiriya sanctuary and quaint villages.
Day 4 of Sri Lanka itinerary 14 days: Visiting a spice garden in the morning and visiting the tooth relic temple and Kandyan cultural show in the afternoon.
The drive from the hotel in Sigiriya to Kandy takes around 3 hours, which includes a 1-hour walking tour at the spice garden in Matale.
Visiting spice garden
Halfway down the track from Sigiriya to Kandy, you will make a stop at Matale, which is a locality predominantly driven by an agricultural economy. Visit a spice garden and learn about various spices, condiments, and Ayurveda herbs and healing systems in the country.
After the spice garden continues on the road trip to Kandy (about 1 hour). Travelling by private vehicle is the best way of commissioning this Sri Lanka two-week itinerary because most importantly it minimizes the time spent travelling, most travellers prefer to use private transport during Sri Lanka road trips against public transport mainly in order to save time. Even though public transport is very economical against private transport, buses and trains can be very crowded and also take a lot of time to travel between cities.
Kandy city tour
In the afternoon visit Kandyan cultural show that showcases typical Sri Lankan dance forms and music. Later in the day walk to the tooth relic temple, this is the most sacred Buddhist temple on the island and one of the most visited UNESCO world heritage sites on the island. Visit the tooth relic temple and witness the evening ceremony amidst the crowded audience. The evening ceremony is very popular among travellers, especially foreign travellers.
Day 5 of Sri Lanka itinerary 2 weeks: In the morning Kandy sightseeing tour and afternoon visit to the royal botanical garden
After breakfast at the hotel continue with Sri Lanka’s two-week itinerary and proceed to downtown Kandy.
Kandy city tour
Take a breathtaking birds-eye view of the city from the upper lake, which is a viewpoint that you encounter as you drive uphill on the mountain that sits westward from the city. Upper lake is a perfect spot enabling you to take the entire city in a photograph with an aerial view.
Visiting Kandy market
Afterwards, proceed to downtown Kandy and have a walk-in Kandy, where you counter a vibrant market with vegetables, fruits, fish, and meat stalls. Outside the market are the shops and stalls that are selling various items from cloth and shoes to Gems and jewellery, handicraft, and many many more.
Visiting the royal botanical garden
After a short drive in your luxury vehicle from Kandy is the Royal botanical garden, which is one of the leading tourist attractions in Kandy. Have a leisurely walk in the garden and witness a large array of trees and plants, before settling in with rest.
Day 6 of Sri Lanka itinerary 14 days: Visiting breathtaking mountains and tea gardens
After the leisurely breakfast drive to the tea country
Visiting Tea Plantation on the trip with waterfalls and green-capped mountains
Nuwara Eliya sits amid lush green woods and tea gardens, but once you set a course southward from Kandy, which is the capital of Sri Lanka’s hill country, it’s not long before you see the landscape shaping to shake itself into foothills, funnelling the road into narrow, steep winding passing the green-capped mountains.
Soon your engine will be straining on the ascent of the Gampola, which had been a royal city in the past. After Gampola it is another picturesque mountain-rich locality known as Ramboda. Ramboda is most popular for its cascading waterfalls. The spectacular serpentine reaches 1800 m above sea level at its highest point, before entering Nuwara Eliya.
Entering the Nuwara Eliya, the landscape opens up into desolate high-altitude mountain peaks, a golf course, trout fish-filled Gregory Lake, Theodor-styled colonial mansions, beautiful gardens, tea plantations, beautiful Nuwara Eliya city and dotted with isolated hamlets filled with small houses, where plantation workers live.
Nuwara Eliya is the leading tea plantation in Sri Lanka and it is also the most popular health resort on the island with a comfortable mild climate. A large number of local travellers drive to Nuwara Eliya to escape from the scorching heat in the low country and enjoy the breathtaking scenery across the mountains and valleys. Huge tea plantations, cascading waterfalls, green-capped mountains, rivers, and patches of forests add beauty to this charming locality.
For the first time on this Sri Lanka two-week itinerary, you encounter a cool climate in the mountains, the temperature in the mountains can go down to a few minus degrees after the sunset. The journey from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya takes around 2 hours with stops at the Tea Factory, and Ramboda falls. The journey starts at 500 meters above sea level and ends at an elevation of 1800 meters from sea level so you should be prepared to absorb the temperature fluctuation as well as the gorgeous mountain views.
Nuwara Eliya city tour
In the afternoon visit Nuwara Eliya city, this charming city is small and very compact and it is surrounded by mountains. Take a walking tour of the city and visit the vegetable market and shopping area. Later make a sightseeing tour with your guide and witness the colonial bungalows built by British planters in the 18s, the racecourse, the Golf course, and Gregory lake.
Day 7 of Sri Lanka itinerary 14 days: Visiting Horton plains national park
Day 7 of Sri Lanka two week itinerary starts at sunrise with a visit to Horton plains national park. Today you will get a 4-wheel drive vehicle as you have to climb up to 2300 meters above sea level on a dilapidated road. Horton plains national park is one of the last remaining patches of forests in the mountains and harbours a wide range of Fauna and Flora. Horton plains national park has totally different vegetation that cannot be found anywhere else on the island.
The tour starts in the city and gradually makes it up to the mountain peak, increasing the distance from the crowded city, and later passes small towns and villages. The latter part of the journey takes place through the forest. After about a 2 hours journey upon reaching the entrance of the park, visitors can make trekking through the Horton plains and see a wide range of Fauna and Flora.
The entire jungle trek lasts around 2 hours if you wish to make the entire circle it is best to wear conformable shoes and attire that is suitable for a cool climate. You will encounter a wide range of bird species, butterflies, amphibian species, and many mammals during the walk.
Day 8 of Sri Lanka itinerary 14 days: Jeep safari at Yala national park
After breakfast leave for Yala, southern Sri Lanka. Today you are going to venture on a Sri Lanka wildlife tour and encounter Sri Lankan wildlife for the first time on this Sri Lanka two-week tour. The journey from Nuwara Eliya to Yala takes around 4 hours, however, you will encounter many important attractions such as Ravana waterfall, Ella gap, and Sita temple making you stop the vehicle many times during the trip.
From Nuwara Eliya, there are two options for the adventurous spirit – driving the 200 km westward to reach the west coast to embrace pristine beaches or heading down the hills southward from Nuwara Eliya along the Ella gap. Both roads are narrow and descend sharply along a winding path.
Visiting Yala national park is part of the 14 days trip and therefore you will be driving southward by taking the Nuwara Eliya-Wellawaya road, the route follows Sri Lanka’s beautiful tourist places such as waterfalls, temples, botanical gardens, and beautiful countryside. This road shadows the southern portion of Sri Lanka’s hill country, all the way down the country to the windswept expanses of the southern dry zone.
Afternoon jeep safari to spot wild elephants and leopards at the most popular wildlife reserve on the island, Yala national park. Yala national park is the most popular wildlife reserve on the island and visitors can spot wild elephants, leopards, monkeys, bears, crocodiles, wild buffalo, and many other animals, birds, insects, and amphibian species.
Nature of Sri Lankan safari
During the safari in popular Sri Lankan national parks such as Yala national park, you could encounter a large number of safari jeeps. During the peak holiday season (November to April), you would encounter more tourists than the rest of the year. During the peak holiday season, you would see hundreds of safari jeeps in the park. However, during the game drive in some of the national parks such as Udawalawe, you would not meet safari vehicles as often as in Yala and Wilpattu, therefore, the tourist can have a wildlife tour themselves – much different than the cluster of safari jeeps. If you had been to the Yala national park already, you must have seen a cluster of vehicles surrounding animals and hundreds of flashes generated by cameras.
Day 9 of Sri Lanka itinerary 14 days: Beach hopping in Mirissa
First time on this Sri Lanka two-week itinerary you will encounter Sri Lanka beaches. So far you have explored the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka upcountry, and the wildlife of Sri Lanka and now you are encountering the pristine beaches of Sri Lanka. You will probably reach the hotel at around noon and the rest of the day is reserved for beach hopping and enjoying the beaches of Sri Lanka.
After the leisurely breakfast at the hotel leave for Mirissa, the 2 hours journey takes place along the southern coastal belt of Sri Lanka and ended up in Mirissa, just south of Galle. Mirissa beach is quite unpopular as a place for beach holidays compared to most other beaches such as Bentota, and Hikkaduwa. However, the calm, quiet, snow-white, wide beaches have all the ingredients required for a memorable beach holiday. The torque water of Mirissa is a perfect spot for a saltwater swim.
Day 10 of Sri Lanka itinerary 14 days: In the morning whale watching and afternoon visit Galle fortress
The next 4 days are reserved for you to spend leisurely on Sri Lanka’s southern coast. However, your beach stay on this Sri Lanka 14 days tour becomes monotonous if you fail to plan any interesting activity during these 4 days. Therefore, this Sri Lanka 14 days trip includes the 2 most popular activities around Mirissa, which are visiting Galle fort and a Whale-watching tour.
On day 10, the day starts with the sunrise and you make a short trip to the nearby Mirissa harbour, where you board the whale-watching boat with other tourists. Mirissa’s whale-watching tour enables you to spot Blue whales, sperm whales, and dolphins. Mirissa is considered to be one of the best places to spot whales all year round.
The whale-watching trip lasts between 2-4 hours. However, there can be instances in which the whale watching trip is cancelled without any prior notice, due to the deteriorated weather conditions in the sea. The course guards are regulating the maritime movements and they have the authority to do so in order to avert any calamity.
After the whale-watching trip proceeds make the way towards the west coast of Sri Lanka via Galle. Galle fortress another iconic tourist attraction on the southern coast is a UNESCO world heritage site and attracts a large number of travellers.
Galle fort is one of the best-preserved colonial constructions in Asia and dates back to the 15s. A visit to southern Sri Lanka is incomplete if you miss the Fort, therefore, we have planned a visit to the Fort on the way to the beach resort in Bentota.
Day 11+12+13 of Sri Lanka itinerary 14 days: Sri Lanka 14 days itinerary, Leisure in the beach resort
The last three days of the Sri Lanka tour itinerary are reserved for rewinding yourself and having leisure before going home. We know from our experience that most travellers on the island look for a calm and quiet time on the beach; therefore we have planned 3 days for you to rest. If you feel you need more time to relax we are ready to top accommodate your request by customizing the trip. If you like to extend teh number of days reserved for the beach stay by adding a few more days to the program we can help you with the booking at the beach hotel for your extension.
Day 14 of Sri Lanka itinerary 14 days: Leave for Colombo airport for onward flight.
End of Sri Lanka 14 days itinerary
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