Table of Contents
- 1 Important places included in the perfect 2 weeks Sri Lanka itinerary
- 2 2 weeks Sri Lanka itinerary in a nutshell
- 3 2 weeks Sri Lanka itinerary: visiting Hambantota-beach
- 4 Turtle watching in Hambantota
- 5 2 weeks Sri Lanka itinerary: Best for mountains and Tea
- 6 2 weeks Sri Lanka itinerary: visiting Kandy for architecture
- 7 2 weeks Sri Lanka itinerary: Best for walking
- 8 2 weeks Sri Lanka itinerary cultural: best for historical wonders
The perfect 2 weeks Sri Lanka itinerary is relative and highly decided by the personal taste. The perfect 2 weeks Sri Lanka itinerary can be either on Sri Lanka northern route or southern Sri Lanka tour package. On this 2 week Sri Lanka itinerary, from the cities of Sri Lanka’s southern coast to Sri Lanka’s quiet country trails, we sample Hambantota beach and Ella, Buddhist architecture, pristine beaches and mountain scenery.
On this 2 weeks Sri Lanka itinerary, from the cities of Sri Lanka’s southern coast to its quiet country trails, we sample Hambantota beach, Ella mountain resort, and Nuwara Eliya, Buddhist architecture, pristine beaches and mountain scenery.
Important places included in the perfect 2 weeks Sri Lanka itinerary
- South coast beach: Hambantota
- Nuwara Eliya
- Cultural triangle of Sri Lanka
2 weeks Sri Lanka itinerary in a nutshell
- Day 1: Arrival and driver to Galle and south coast
- Day 2-3: Sightseeing tour of Southern coast
- Day 4-5: Sightseeing tours in Ella and trekking, Hiking
- Day 6-7: Visiting Nuwara Eliya
- Day 8-9: Visiting Kandy
- Day 10-12: Visiting cultural triangle of Sri Lanka
- Day 13: Drive to Colombo
- Day 14: Departure
2 weeks Sri Lanka itinerary: visiting Hambantota-beach
On the southern tip of Sri Lanka is the empty pristine beaches of Hambantota, tucked away 250 km from Colombo. Hambantota sits far away from over-developed tourist destinations on the west coast such as Bentota and Hikkaduwa, which have taken the name of Sri Lanka to the world as one of the best beach holiday destinations in the world.
Cooled by the torque waters if the Indian Ocean and backed by evergreen dry zone forests, the beaches that dot the coast of Hambantota are continental in scope: across the water, many countries such as Thailand, Japan, India are within a few hours away with a boat. Hambantota is a fascinating place, which is only a few hundred meters away from the international sea route, you can see hundreds of massive ships from the beach that move hastily passing Hambantota. Hambantota is the southernmost spec of land in the world map and next major land to encounter after Hambantota is Antarctica, after many thousands of empty sea.
The sea off Hambantota not only frequented by commercial ships but also whale-watching cruise ships. Most of these ships set off from harbours of Mirissa and Tangalle in search of blue whales. The sea off Hambantota belongs to the international whaling commission’s protected zone in the Indian Ocean, and therefore, commercial whaling is strictly prohibited here.
Few hundred meters from the Hambantota beach, an array of endangered whale species swim alongside dolphins and rare sea turtle’s species. A number of blue whales have made the sea off Hambantota their permanent resident, Cetacean Researchers opine that many hundreds of resident whales are living around southern Sri Lanka. These resident whales are joined by migratory whales from the Arabian Sea in the month of March, April and May making it a memorable spectacle for whale enthusiasts.
Aboard the whale-watching boats that set sail from, southern Sri Lankan harbours such as Mirissa and Dondra, there are gasps when an ocean giant glides into view. With the palm-fringed sandy beaches in the backdrop, this is one of the world’s greatest wildlife shows.
Seerendipity tours offer daily whale watching trips to Mirissa from Bentota and Colombo. The whale watching trip can be booked as a Sri Lankan day trip from Colombo and west coast or as 2 days Sri Lanka trip from Colombo and west coast beach resorts. 2 days whale watching trip includes an overnight stay in Mirissa as well as many other tourist places such as Galle, a Boat tour of Madu estuary, Hikkaduwa beach, sea turtle conservation project etc.
Despite its vast sandy beaches, pristine forest cover, animal rich wildlife parks, and thousands of years historical monuments, Hambantota is still underdeveloped on tourist perspective. You will not encounter hordes of sun-worshippers on the beaches of Hambantota neither many dozens of luxury beach resort with a large stock of rooms.
A number of holidaymakers are very low here, means the beaches are still intact. The remotely located Hambantota has a low profile, which is also a city with low population means the nature around Hambantota is least disturber due to the human intervention.
Less than 1-hour drive from Hambantota is another natural jewel of Sri Lanka, where nature certainly seems to dominate the broad sweep of sand, Yala national park, which considered being the best place in the world to see wild leopards. Every day, hundreds of local as well as foreign travellers undertake costly wildlife safari tour based on Yala national park. Most of them are in search of creatures such as leopards, elephants, bear, jackal, and most travellers are able to quench their desire to spotting some of these wild animals.
Turtle watching in Hambantota
Sri Lanka is home to a large number of endangered sea turtles. The waters around Sri Lanka hosts 5 endangered sea turtle species. Swimming with sea turtles, volunteering the sea turtle conservation project, turtle watching in Rekawa are some of the popular activity among the tourist in Sri Lanka. Turtle conservation centres are popular trip place sin Sri Lanka included in most trips like 5 days tour, 7 days Sri Lanka tour and it includes even in Sri Lank day trip.
30 km from Hambantota is Rekawa beach, where nature certainly seems to dominate the broad sweep of sand. Rekawa considered being one of the 10 best places in the world to see endangered sea turtles. The protected sandy beaches of Rekawa is kept away from the development activities by the wildlife department, in order to protect it for nature. Visitors, mostly foreigners gathering here to encounter sea turtles. The vast isolated open beach is best to spot sea-turtles on days with a bright moon.
Further information: Whale-watching trips include a wildlife briefing, breakfast, tea/coffee (the US $ 49)
Where to eat: A large number of travellers gathering to beach Restaurants in Hambantota, where the people are able to sample tasty food while enjoying the scenery on the pristine beach.
Where to stay: With a quiet surrounding on the beaches of Tangle, a converted 16th-century-old colonial mansion, is one of the loveliest accommodation choices in southern Sri Lanka. Less than a dozen of large spacious rooms with elegant travels of Dutch and Buddhist inspiration, and there’s an Ayurveda spa, Bar, beach pool on site. Many dozens of activities and sightseeing tours are available for in houses guests from diving, snorkelling to whale watching boat tours and night safari to see sea turtles at Rekawa beach.
2 weeks Sri Lanka itinerary: Best for mountains and Tea
There are many reasons to visit Nuwara Eliya– British built whitewashed Theodor styled mansions at every turn, the beautifully landscaped flower gardens, the healing climate, green-capped mountains, the Gregory lake teeming with trout fish and the city’s role as Sri Lanka’s hill country heartbeat, thanks to its cascading waterfalls. But none of these reasons is more compelling than the mild taste, aroma filled and pale coloured Tea, borne amongst the cool green-capped mountains of the hill country.
The portion of the central mountain range of Sri Lanka that surpasses the height of 500 meters above sea-level, is the centrepiece of Sri Lanka’s world tea renowned tea country. Here, a combination of warm, sunny climate during the day and chilly windy climate after the sunset along with soils provides the ideal conditions for Tea production – the surrounding area is home to more than hundred of Tea factories. It is one of the purest beverages on earth and contains no added chemicals at all.
Sri Lanka is one of the biggest tea producers in the world and produced 300 million kilograms of tea for 2019. The tea industry is widely distributed all around the island, but its impact on the economy of the people living in the Sri Lankan’s hill country is immense. Tea needs human intervention at every step along the way. Most people in the mountains are actively engaged in the tea industry and about 1 million people of Sri Lanka’s workforce have resort to the tea industry.
Drop in to one of the tea factories in Nuwara Eliya to witness the manufacturing process, taste a cup of unblended Ceylon tea and buy few sachets of fine Ceylon tea. Ceylon tea categorized under many varieties, and among the Ceylon’s most south-after tea is the BOPF coming from higher elevated regions such as Nuwara Eliya, which has light colour, strong aroma and accompanied with a mild taste. Tea is also available with added aroma and flavour such as vanilla Tea, Apple Tea orange tea etc.
Further information: Visiting tea factory on Sri Lanka trip, please write on firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations
Where to eat: There is a large number of restaurants and hotels in the city and provides local, and foreign foods as well as beverages.
Where to stay: The four-star Hotel Mirage palace occupies a small, converted 18th-century British built palace, and combines historic character with nature. The hotel is small with 25 rooms provide cosy rooms, which have a stove for firewood. The palace had been possessed by a wealthy planter featuring architectural features such as the soaring ceilings point to a distinguished past, while white-dominated colour schemes and modern bathrooms ensure contemporary comforts.
2 weeks Sri Lanka itinerary: visiting Kandy for architecture
Kandy is where Sri Lanka’s culture and heritage legacy is brought to life. For more than 300 years, The legitimate king of Sri Lanka, who ruled the country from Kandy and Portuguese rulers (from 1505 to 1656) as well as the Dutch colonial administrators (from 1656 to 1796) battled over the Kandyan Kingdom of Sri Lanka. And it was Kandy- the capital of Sri Lanka’s monarchy until it was ceded to the British crown in 1948.
Exquisite in the intensity of its craftmanship, extravagant in its scope, the tooth relic temple of Kandy is the culmination of a vision – of paradise, of earthly power, and of the vanity of attempting to combine the two.
Once, it was the permanent residence of Kandyan King, who imagined that Kandyan kingdom would last forever, and a formidable defensive fortress because they feared it wouldn’t. Tooth relic temple is the oldest tourist attraction in Kandy and which is a part of UNESCO world heritage site. The temple is built on a wooden structure and it is still as strong as it had been over the last five hundred years, the combination of building materials (stone, wood, ceramic and plaster) with typical Sri Lankan characteristics (intricate wood carvings, interwoven geometric patterns and stuccoed ceilings) reaches a point close to perfection.
The main area of the tooth temple is consisting of 2 stories building which has a copper, shining roof. The roof can be witnessed far away from the temple, due to the shining roof, likes a gold plate, this is the most ancient part of tooth temple and “Udamala” or upper floor is dedicated to the most sacred object on the island left eye tooth of Buddha. This is a very rare religious object, which has been subjected to veneration around the entire Buddhist world.
Further information: The best time to visit the tooth temple is during the morning, afternoon and evening “pooja hours” or ceremony hours. The temple including the shrine room where the tooth relic rests is open only during the pooja hours. Seerendipity tours arrange daily trips to Kandy and the tooth temple from Colombo, and this one-day trip includes tooth temple, Pinnawala orphanage, spice garden, and many other tourist places in Kandy.
Where to eat: Eating fine Sri Lankan food in the downtown Kandy, where dozens of local restaurants cater to visitors. They not only serve local food but also any kind of international dish on request.
Where to stay: Accommodation arranged around Kandy lake, giving easy access to all important tourist places in Kandy such as tooth relic temple, Udawattakele sanctuary, Kandyan arts and craft, Peradeniya botanical and occupying an 18th-century colonial mansion, is one of the most loved city hotels in Kandy. It has the colonial flair and has modern rooms, some with partial Kandy lake views from the balconies; while some other rooms give a direct and clear panoramic view of the tooth relic temple. The 10-minute walk along the bank of Kandy lake from the hotel to into the city itself a safari, which allows you to see turtles, monitors, monkeys, and many species of birds.
2 weeks Sri Lanka itinerary: Best for walking
Mountain resorts like Nuwara Eliya and Bandarawela provide the dram amidst rolling hills of Sri Lankan central highland, but towards the southern slopes of the central hills, rises the tranquil and laid-back village of Ella. This mountain resort is quiet rural byways like an apparition, the natural world takes over. The rugged terrain of Ella is home to a large tract of pristine vegetation as well as Great buttresses of granite rock silhouetted against the blue sky and white clouds soar above a forested landscape tinged with green even when the rest of Ella turns brown under a baking sun during the dry season.
Hundreds of small rest houses, guest houses, small hotels and rent room are the main form of accommodation for travellers in Ella. And most of them harness the breathtaking scenery across the Ella gap, and the view of Ella gap from the room is a vital marketing tool for them to attracts customers.
Ella is an ideal base for a light adventure tour to explore Sri Lanka’s mountains. Many important tourist attractions such as Ella gap, Ravana waterfalls, Horton plains national park as well as many dozens of mountains, and patches of forests provides narrow paths for hours long trekking and hiking routes.
Nuwara Eliya is one of Sri Lanka’s most striking mountain resorts, sashaying up the craggy, highest point on the island within its border. Ella has a totally different flair of natural beauty and plays second fiddle to the cinematic beauty of the landscape that surrounds Nuwara Eliya.
Ella has calm and quiet settings making it ideal for leisure seekers. Lush green foliage dominates in every part of this mountain resort and high-rise concert towers have not been able to penetrate beautiful countryside. Among the countless trekking routes that weave through the Ella gap, mini Adams peak and Ravana waterfalls are accessible off the road and are the most enjoyable and most spectacular.
The initial trail is quite easy and on a flat surface, a few minutes later the trek in Ella gap start to drop through the densely wooded country and terraced vegetable gardens as well as tea plantations. The final descent through the deepest part of the ravine, with steep climbing down to the base, where cliffs towers on either side of you.
“Ella is a perfect eco-holiday destination with the chance to see wildlife, Ella is the best place on the island to witness many species of avian fauna species,” says Gamini, a local naturalist. “the ecosystem in Ella is unique in many ways compared most other mountain resorts. It is not only birds; there are many other animals that can be spotted here like wild boar, mongoose, chameleon, monitor lizards, monkey.”
Further information: The permit is required for Hiking and trekking in Ella, however, it is recommended to hire a nature guide in order to not to lost in the woods. Seerendipitytours organize the Ella trips from Colombo, which also includes the scenic upcountry rail trip. Please contact them in email@example.com for more information
Where to eat Ella: is a small town and Ella-Wellawaya cut through the city. Many dozens of restaurants dotted along the main road within the city limits and give ample opportunities for travellers to find a peaceful spot for a delicious meal.
Where to stay: The mountain resort is dominated by small family-run hotels and guest houses. They are mainly serving for budget-conscious travellers; therefore, most places are equipped with basic facilities and amenities. However, there are few hotels with 4-5* facilities, while giving a breathtaking view of Ella gap from the top of the mountain. If you like to find a lodge with the atmosphere of a mountain lodge combined with the quality of a hotel combined with the scenic beauty of Ella gap from its terrace please contact seerendipity tours.
2 weeks Sri Lanka itinerary cultural: best for historical wonders
The cultural triangle is the soul of Sri Lanka, where hundreds of historical monuments sit under the scorching heat of Sri Lanka’s north-central plains. This beguiling cultural triangle houses many UNESCO world heritage sites with high calibre ancient monuments. The popular cities in the cultural triangle such as Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa once were writ large and in microcosm: grand tapestries with labyrinthine of canals and lakes connecting them. Among the canals and lakes, there were hundreds of temples, stupas, palaces, gardens and many ancient structures of belonging to the ancient culture that flourished from 3rd century BC to 11th century AD.
All great stories of Sri Lankan culture start here and which includes the cradle of Buddhism, Mihintale. Buddhism is the state religion for many thousands of years, King Devanampiyatissa was the first Buddhist King of Sri Lanka, who was given the status of Buddhist by Indian monk Mahinda in 3rd century BC.
The great culture once flourished in the north-central dry-zone of Sri Lanka had a huge blow with the invaders of southern India, who vandalized the stupendous Buddhist structures and looted the assets of Sinhalese rulers. The kings retreated to the interior of the island, looking for safer places to live, due to the unceasing invasions and abandoned the ancient cities, allowing the nature to reclaim its assets.
Later, during the British administration, ancient cities were unearthed. The excavations are still taking places, over the last hundred years and the history of Sri Lanka is rewritten over and over again when facts are discovered. Recently a group archaeologist had been able to discover some stone implements belong to the human lived during the stone age in Sri Lanka (more than 40000 years). Based on the new finding the stone age man of Sri Lankan had used the arrows to kill fast-moving animals such as squirrel and monitor lizards, suggesting that arrow was first used in Sri Lanka outside of Africa.
Further information: Seerendipity tours organize daily trips to important t0rust places in the cultural triangle. The 3 days Sri Lanka cultural triangle itinerary cover all important places such as Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Dambulla as well as Kandy, write for more information on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where to eat: All cities of the Cultural triangle are well developed for the tourism industry and provides plenty of opportunities for dining and accommodation.
Where to stay: The cultural triangle not only has historical splendor but also natural beauty. A large tract of pristine forests enhances its natural beauty while harbouring a large number of animals as well as many species of avian fauna species. Most hotels in the cultural triangle make use of this natural beauty and unlike city hotels most hotels in the cultural triangle allocate ample space for every room and its occupants, making its possible to travellers to hear the soothing music of birds from their room or garden.