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Two day trip places in Sri Lanka

You might be looking for two day trip places in Sri Lanka to go on the approaching weekend and unwind yourself from the routine office and household work. Perhaps you have flown to Sri Lanka from a faraway country and you are on a holiday now, and you want to visit a few tourist places on this foreign soil… Here is a full list of interesting places for you.

Two day trip places in Sri Lanka

When it comes to Two day trip places in Sri Lanka, the number is overwhelming. However, after carefully considering the natural, the historical importance of the places, as well as time, takes to visit those places; we have listed below 12 places to consider for your two day trip in Sri Lanka. Below mentioned 2 days trip in Sri Lanka are mainly intend to visit the two days trip places in Sri Lanka that we have filtered in this article.

I was considering writing this blog post on “Two day trip places in Sri Lanka” for many weeks because I receive a large number of emails from our readers with questions like “What are the popular two day trip in Sri Lanka?”, “What is the best 2 days trip in Sri Lanka?”, “Can you arrange us a Sri Lanka 2 days tour package?”. Sometimes many customers ask us to suggest a couple of 2 day trip of Sri Lanka in order to include in their beach holiday packages. However, due to the very busy schedule, I did not have time to attend this article. But I knew that I had to write this blog post sooner or later because many travellers are very hungry for the information I’m pouring into this article. This is a long blog post it takes 10 minutes for you to read and takes 2 days for me to write.

OK! We jump into our subject again. With only 2 days time on the trip you cannot expect to do much on the two day trip in Sri Lanka, however, there is a possibility of exploring a couple of important tourist attractions on the way, one or two important tourist places in a trip. Perhaps you may visit even three places on the trip from these two days trip places in Sri Lanka (if they are located near each other), for instance, you can visit Sigiriya, Dambulla, and Pinnawala elephant orphanage on a 2 day trip in Sri Lanka. You can also visit Tooth relic temple, Pinnawala elephant orphanage and Sri Lanka Mountains in a two day trip of Sri Lanka.

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However do not cram your Sri Lanka trip by adding all the tourist attraction (minor and important attraction) into the program, because you need to allocate time for travelling too. On the chaotic roads of Sri Lanka, it is very difficult to estimate the exact time required to travel between two destinations, it is always plus and minus. When you pack your two day trip of Sri Lanka with attractions and activities invariably you have to restrict the time that you allocate for each place, making you have an unnecessary rush.  In fact you need some time to hang around attraction and study them; otherwise what is the purpose of undertaking these Sri Lanka 2 day tours.   

This article is mainly on two day trip places in Sri Lanka however I’m not going to restrict the article on those chosen places. I’m going to give you an insight into some other tourist attraction as well, which are within easy reach of them our chosen tourist attractions. If time permits you can visit those minor tourist attractions too, in your two day trip in Sri Lanka. 

You might be looking for a two day tour in Sri Lanka to go on the approaching weekend and unwind yourself from the routine office and household work. Perhaps you have flown to Sri Lanka from a faraway country and you are on a holiday now, and you want to visit a few tourist places on this foreign soil.

All two-day trip places listed below gives you plenty of opportunities to engage in various interesting activities. There is large number of places that you can include in Sri Lanka two day tour, but choosing the most suitable places to visit is important, because you should be engaged in the activities that you like; otherwise there is no sense of doing it, for instance, if you have a cultural buff, there is no point of visiting Kithulgala, which is a place for adventure activities. There is no point of making a trip to the cultural triangle if you are an enthusiast of wildlife, instead of going to Sigiriya you should be heading Yala in southern Sri Lanka, that’s the ideal destination for your two day tour in Sri Lanka.         

All these two day trip places in Sri Lanka can be visited from Colombo, from the airport or beach resorts on the west coast such as Bentota, Kalutara, Hikkaduwa and Negombo in a 2 day trip. So you may add few two day trips in Sri Lanka listed below to your Sri Lanka holiday package when you plan your future Sri Lanka trip.

Sometimes we organize 2 days trip in Sri Lanka to travellers, who are on transit in Colombo and they want to visit a few interesting places on the island. Some other travellers, who book these 2 days trip in Sri Lanka are government delegates and they are on an official visit to Sri Lanka. 

Going on a Sri Lanka 2 days tour package is better than making 2 one day trips because it considerably reduces the time spent on travelling and spare time for relaxation and sightseeing. Since you have 2 days at your disposal, it is possible to explore some of the very important tourist hotspots such as Sigiriya rock and Polonnaruwa from Colombo.

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You can add important activities such as shopping, visiting historical monuments, doing safari tours, trekking in rainforests, exploring mountains, engage in adventure activities such as water rafting, waterfall abseiling to the tour. Perhaps you can indulge yourself in a 2 days Ayurveda spa treatment if you are not like to travel much. Lying on the beach and doing nothing, occasionally sampling the fresh Sri Lankan seafood and sip a cocktail in a luxury beach resort also sounds goooooood I think!.

You should seriously consider travelling in Sri Lanka because it can suck your time and jeopardize your entire plan. Plan your 2 day trip in Sri Lanka with private transport, that’s the best way of travelling in the island, never think of using the public transport, they waste time and always behind the schedule. Having private transport you can save time and it is safe too. You have only 2 days time on this trip (of course there is an overnight stay) and therefore it is important to reduce the time that you spend on the road and don’t forget you can visit the sites only during the day. 

So, have you bagged ready, set off on a 2 day trip of Sri Lanka to treat yourself and enjoy life at your best? Seerendipity tour has dozens of pr-planned Sri Lanka 2 days tour packages, browse our tour packages here and check if you already have the 2-day tour you look for. You can ask the Seerendipity tours to make a customized package for you, they will do it for you without any charge, whether you book the tour with them or somewhere else.  

Two day trip places in Sri Lanka

  1. Sigiriya-170 km from Colombo-3+ hours drive
  2. Dambulla– 160 km from Colombo-3+ hours drive
  3. Kandy-117 km from Colombo-2+ hours drive
  4. Yala national park-166 km from Colombo-3+ hours drive
  5. Nuwara Eliya-126 km from Colombo-2+ hours drive
  6. Polonnaruwa-230 km from Colombo-4+ hours drive
  7. Galle-120 km from Colombo-2+ hours drive
  8. Mirissa-152 km from Colombo-2+ hours drive
  9. Udawalawe-150 km from Colombo-2+ hours drive
  10. Adam’s peak-137 km from Colombo-2+ hours drive
  11. Kitulgala-90 km from Colombo-1+ hour drive
  12. Sinharaja-138 km from Colombo-3+ hour drive

What is the best 2 days trip in Sri Lanka?

There are few Sri Lanka 2 days trip packages listed below (you can customize all of them) and choosing the best 2 day trip based on your requirements.

  1. Sigiriya 2 days tour- historical places, culture, elephant, shopping, city life
  2. Polonnaruwa 2 day trip- historical places, culture, elephant, village life
  3. Nuwara Eliya 2 days trip- historical places, botanical garden, elephant, tea gardens, mountains
  4. Yala 2 days tour- historical places, sea-based wildlife, beaches, boating
  5. Mirissa 2 day trip- historical places, sea-based wildlife, beaches, boating

5 alternative places for two day trip in Sri Lanka

  1. Udawalawe national park
  2. Adam’s peak
  3. Kitulgala
  4. Anuradhapura
  5. Sinharaja

Places to visit on a two day trip in Sri Lanka

As I have mentioned above that you can find hundreds of places to visit on your 2-day tour in Sri Lanka, but when I was choosing the below places, I followed a criterion, it should mainly provide the value of time that you put into the and it should provide a memorable, thrilling experience. The places listed on this article cover scenic mountains with tea gardens to crumbling historical monuments in the cultural triangle to the gloomy rainforest and idyllic beach resorts on the western and southern coast, plan your day trips from Colombo/airport to relax, look for activities and be blessed by the divine.

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1. Sigiriya-170 km from Colombo-3+ hour drive, Sigiriya is top on the list of two days trip places in Sri Lanka

The 2 day trip of Sri Lanka to Sigiriya rock fortress rank among the best activities for travellers, you will ascertain its popularity upon reaching the site. You will encounter hordes of tourist at any time of the day here. The hike at Sigiriya takes around 3 hours, it includes upward and downward journey, the time required to see the ruins and enjoy the scenery. However, the starting time of your hike is a crucial factor and largely decides how long you need to do the hike. Starting the hike at early hours is highly recommended thereby you can avoid the pilgrims and other travellers, who piling up on the queue to the summit.

So the best way of exploring Sigiriya fortress is to have an overnight stay near the rock and start the hike early morning (07.00 am) the next day.

Sigiriya rock

By far Sigiriya rock is the most visited tourist attraction on the island and attracts many thousands of travellers every day. Visiting Sigiriya rock fortress is the main reason you booked this Sri Lanka 2 day trip.

This UNESCO world heritage site is one of the oldest landscaped gardens in the world with gardens, swimming pools, palaces, ponds, caves, audience hall, and ancient paintings. Sigiriya is under the purview of Sri Lanka archaeological department and visitors required to purchase the entrance ticket, which cost $35.00 USD.

Pidurangala temple

Another historical monument but it has far less importance compared to the rock, This Buddhist temple also dates back to 5th century AD and patronage by the founder of Sigiriya rock fortress, King Kashyapa. The beautiful temple is to be found a few kilometres away from the rock and houses many Buddha statues and temple paintings.

Dambulla cave temple

Rank among the top tourist attraction in the island, Dambulla cave temple if a UNESCO world heritage site due to its historical value. Dambulla cave temple id one of the oldest cave temples in the world dating back to 1st century BC. More than hundred of Buddha statues, god figures, and Buddhist paintings are to be found in the temple.

Minneriya National Park

Exploring wildlife in foreign soil is a thrilling experience that most travellers like to do. You have the opportunity to take a jeep safari at Minneriya national park on this Sri Lanka two day tour, however, it is subjected to the availability of time. If you have started your Sri Lanka 2 day tour from Negombo or Colombo, you will be able to find time for the safari. However, if you finish the Sri Lanka two day tour in southern Sri Lanka cities such as Bentota, Galle you might not able to find time for it.    

Pinnawala elephant orphanage The orphanage is a popular tourist attraction that can be visited with a small detour. If you are going back to the west or southern coast of Sri Lanka, you can uneasily visit the orphanage, which is on the way. However, if you are going back to Kandy and Nuwara Eliya, the orphanage is way off the track.    

2. Dambulla -160 km from Colombo-3+ hour drive, Dambulla coming in the 2nd place on the list of two days trip places in Sri Lanka

Dambulla cave temple

Another important tourist attraction in the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka and it is another UNESCO world heritage sites. The temple believed to be used as the residence of King Walagambahu in 1st century BC when the capital (Anuradhapura) was invaded by south Indian Chola army. Later the king returned to Kandy by defeating the Chola army.

Dambulla cave temple is located very close to the Dambulla town and it takes only a few minutes to reach it from Dambulla city centre. If you are coming from places like Bentota, Galle or Negombo and heading to historical places such as Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa, invariably you have to pass Dambulla, means you can visit Dambulla cave temple without any extra drive. Usually, Sri Lanka 2 day tour to Sigiriya includes Dambulla cave temple in the program.

The entrance fee to Dambulla %$ 10.00 USD, Dambulla is a cave temple and required to properly dressed upon entering the site.

Other important tourist places that you can visit along with Dambulla cave temple on a 2 day trip in Sri Lanka are

  • Minneriya national park
  • Pinnawala elephant orphanage
  • Sigiriya rock fortress
  • Hiriwadunna village (village tour and cooking class)
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3. Kandy-117 km from Colombo-2+ hour drive

Kandy is a historical city with a large number of Buddhist temples and also regarded as the cultural centre of Sri Lanka. Kandy is surrounded by many interesting places to visit such as botanical gardens, temples, tea gardens, lakes and rivers, wildlife sanctuaries, cultural shows, and Pinnawala elephant orphanage. Kandy is one of the best places for the top-notch shopping experience, where you can buy gems and jewellery, clothing, leather products, tea, spices and souvenirs.

Other important tourist places that you can visit along with Kandy on a 2 day trip in Sri Lanka are

  • Tooth relic temple
  • Historical museum
  • tea museum
  • Royal botanical garden
  • Kandy lake (boating)
  • tea factory
  • Pinnawala elephant orphanage
  • Kandyan cultural show
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4. Yala national park-166 km from Colombo-3+ hour drive

Sri Lanka 2 days tour package to Yala is one of the very popular activity among foreign travellers because it enables them to see one of the rarest animals in the world, leopard. The 2 days trip to Yala can be booked from 40+ hotels in the western and southern Sri Lanka. The 2 days trip in Sri Lanka available either with full-day Yala safari or regular 3 hours jeep safari.

Both versions of the trip usually include few other important places such as

  • Galle fortress
  • Hikkaduwa beach
  • Madu River estuary
  • Sea turtle conservation project
  • Mask Museum
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5. Nuwara Eliya-126 km from Colombo-2+ hour drive

The drive from Colombo and most other beach resort on the west coast takes around 3 hours due to a large number of bends on the steep road. Nuwara Eliya sits 1800 meters above sea-level and which is the main reason for its popularity as a holiday destination. Nuwara Eliya is the holiday destination with a healing climate, where the temperature hovering around 20 degrees Celsius. Nuwara Eliya is surrounded by mountains peaks as well as tea gardens.  Unlike most other 2 day trip in Sri Lanka, you will not encounter many religious sites here, most importantly it is highly unlikely to visit a Buddhist temple with historical importance.  However you will visit Seetha temple and Hanuman temple, both are Hindu shrines.

Important tourist places that you can visit along with Nuwara Eliya city on a 2 day trip in Sri Lanka to Nuwara Eliya are

  • Gregory lake, tea factory
  • Ambewela farm
  • Horton plains national park
  • strawberry farm
  • Seetha temple
  • Waterfalls
  • Haggala botanical garden
  • Victoria park
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6. Polonnaruwa-230 km from Colombo-4+ hour drive

The historical city of Polonnaruwa was the second capital of Sri Lanka and Sri Lankan kings in the 11th century ruled the island from Polonnaruwa. The historical city of Polonnaruwa hides many dozens of historical monuments that are dating back to many centuries. The main reason for venturing on a 2 day Sri lank trip to Polonnaruwa is visiting the historical monuments because Polonnaruwa is a living testimony for the rich culture and history of ancient Sri I Lanka. Her you can see parks, lakes, gardens, palaces, temples and many other historical monuments.  

Important tourist places that you can visit along with Polonnaruwa on this 2 day trip in Sri Lanka are

  • Sigiriya rock fortress
  • Dambulla cave temple
  • Minneriya national park (safari)
  • spice garden
  • handicraft centre
  • Hiriwadunna village (village tour and cooking class)
  • Pinnawala elephant orphanage
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7. Galle-120 km from Colombo-2+ hour drive

Galle is the capital of southern Sri Lanka and a popular beach resort. Galle Fort is the most popular landmark in the city and which is a UNESCO world heritage site due to historical importance. Galle Fort is the best preserved Dutch build Fort in the region and it dates back to 15th century AD. The Fort is protected by a huge wall and inside the fort is a complete city with big houses, offices. Today most buildings function as hotels, guest houses, restaurants, shops, cafes, bars and, museums. Take a stroll on along the cobblestoned narrow streets and see the well preserved Dutch built mansions in the old Dutch style.  

Important tourist places that you can visit along with Polonnaruwa on this 2 day trip in Sri Lanka are

  • Hikkaduwa beach
  • Madu River estuary
  • Bentota beach
  • Mask museum
  • Hikkaduwa marine sanctuary
  • Sea turtle conservation project
  • Moonstone mines
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8. Mirissa-152 km from Colombo-2+ hour drive

Mirissa is the whale watching hub in Asia and one of the most popular spots for whale watching tours the world.  Mirissa had been a popular beach resort in the south but today it is a more than a beach resort due to the popularity of whale watching tours. A large number of travellers set off on boast from Mirissa in search of blue whales, sperm whales. Spotting whales is quite easy in Mirissa, especially from November to April as a large number of whales migrate to the Sri Lankan waters from the Arabian Sea.  Two day trip in Sri Lanka to Mirissa usually includes the overnight stay in Mirissa in view of the early departure of whale watching boats from the harbour.

Important tourist places that you can visit on this 2 day trip in Sri Lanka are

  • Galle fortress
  • Hikkaduwa beach
  • Madu River estuary
  • Bentota beach
  • Mask museum
  • Hikkaduwa marine sanctuary
  • Sea turtle conservation project
  • Moonstone mines
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9. Udawalawe-150 km from Colombo-2+ hour drive

If you make a trip to Udawalawe it is purely due to the wildlife observation at Udawalawe national park, Udawalawe national park is one of the best places to sport large gathering of wild elephants. The remote tourist attraction can be visited on a day trip from Colombo however if you would like to explore the national park without much haste, it is recommended to boos Sri Lanka 2 day trip to Udawalawe.

Important tourist places that you can visit on this 2 day trip in Sri Lanka are Galle fortress, Hikkaduwa beach; Udawalawe elephant transit camp, Madu River estuary, Bentota beach, Mask Museum, Hikkaduwa marine sanctuary, Sea turtle conservation project, Moonstone mines.

The two day trip in Sri Lanka to Udawalawe national park can be easily combined with other tours such a Yala national park tour, whale watching trip and Galle two day trip.

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10. Adam’s peak-137 km from Colombo-2+ hour drive

The 2 days trip in Sri Lanka to Adam’s peak is essentially involved with 5 hours hike to visit the footprint of Buddha, which resides at the pinnacle of the mountain. The hike can be a very tiring task making you rest for a few days at your hotel. However many travellers take this challenge and make the upward journey on their foot. The mountain sits in a reserve that surrounded by lush green forest. The abundance of spellbinding scenery is the biggest reason its popularity among foreign travellers.

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11. Kitulgala-90 km from Colombo-1+ hour drive

A 2 days trip in Sri Lanka to Kitulgala will be a very thrilling and happening tour to most travellers, and it involves with many adrenaline-pumping activities such as mountain climbing, rainforest trekking, water rafting, kayaking, hiking, mountain biking and caving. Usually, the adventure lovers boo this trip and it is available from more than 40+ hotels in the western and southern Sri Lanka as well as from the airport. The trip can be easily done on a day trip from Colombo with fewer activities such as water fasting, kayaking and jungle trekking.

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12. Sinharaja-138 km from Colombo-3+ hour drive

Visiting this most valuable natural asset of Sri Lanka would undoubtedly be an unforgettable experience for any foreign traveller. The lush green forest of Sinharaja is one of the oldest patches of rainforest in the world and it’s its roots going back to many millennia (Gondwanaland era). You will be making trekking along the buffer zone of Sinharaja and you will see a bit of natural wealth of the forest. The trek lasts about 3 hours and you will be escorted by one of our nature experts giving you all the bits and pieces of information about this ecological marvel.  

If you looking for two day trip in Sri Lanka, similar to what we have published above, please don’t hesitate to contact us, we can help you to plan the best Sri Lanka tour package for you, admin@seerendipitytours.com.

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