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2 Weeks in Sri Lanka: Our Recommendations

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Slightly smaller than Ireland, Sri Lanka is an island nation in the Indian Ocean that packs a remarkable variety of destinations ranging from beautiful Buddhist temples and monasteries to lush rainforests. Kick back on sun-soaked beaches during 2 weeks in Sri Lanka and stay in magnificent colonial bungalows in the country’s tea-growing highlands. See spectacular herds of wild elephants and spot leopards in Yala National Park. Soak up the majesty of Galle Fort, a Unesco World Heritage site, and wander through the bazaars of Colombo, Sri Lanka’s capital city. Below are our four recommended tours in Sri Lanka that last from 13 to 15 days.

13 days in Sri Lanka: In-depth Sri Lanka tour

The aerial view of the city of Colombo
Be immersed by the grand city skyline of Colombo
Take train from Ella to Kandy and enjoy the scenic view of green hills
Take train from Ella to Kandy and enjoy the scenic view of green hills

Day 1

Arrive in Colombo and transfer to your hotel

Day 2

Head for Anuradhapura, enjoy a private tour of the city 

Day 3

See the rock fortress of Sigiriya as well as Polonnaruwa

Day 4

Continue to Sri Lanka’s lush tea country, stay in a colonial-era bungalow

Day 5

Visit a tea factory and see how different types of teas are prepared

Day 6

Transfer to Yala National Park

Day 7

Enjoy two safari trips in Yala

Day 8

Transfer to Sri Lanka’s south coast

Day 9

Enjoy a free day on the beach

Day 10

Continue your stay in Sri Lanka’s south coast

Day 11

Head for Galle and discover its Dutch fort

Day 12

Try preparing Sri Lankan food during a cooking class

Day 13

Transfer back to Colombo airport

This delightful two-week tour will take you to Anuradhapura, an ancient city dotted with Buddhist temples and monasteries, followed by the rock fortress of Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa. Head for the rolling hills of central Sri Lanka next and discover lush tea plantations. Then travel to the grasslands and lagoons of Yala National Park, known for its elephant herds and sightings of elusive leopards. Spend a couple of days relaxing on the beaches of Sri Lanka’s southern coast before heading for Galle, home to a Dutch fort that is now a Unesco World Heritage site. See tour.

14 days in Sri Lanka: Finest Sri Lanka sightings

Elephant at a national park in Sri Lanka
Explore Horton Plains National Park while in Sri Lanka
Buddhist Dambulla Temple in Dambulla, Sri Lanka
The largest cave temple in Sri Lanka is Dambulla Temple

Day 1

Transfer to Negombo

Day 2

Travel to Dambulla with Sigiriya detour

Day 3

Dig into Polonnaruwa ’s rich history

Day 4

Transfer to Kandy and visit Dambulla Rock Temple en route

Day 5

Visit Peradeniya’s botanical gardens

Day 6

Discover Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka’s hill country

Day 7

Explore Horton Plains National Park

Day 8

Spot wildlife in Yala National Park during a safari

Day 9

Continue to Unawatuna via Galle

Day 10

Relax on the beach in Unawatuna 

Day 11

Explore Unawatuna on your own

Day 12

Continue your stay in Unawatuna

Day 13

Enjoy your last free day in Unawatuna

Day 14

Transfer to Colombo for your flight home 

Delve into Sri Lanka’s glorious past in Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa during this 14-day tour before heading for Nuwara Eliya. Stroll around Nuwara Eliya’s mellow hills and verdant countryside and explore Horton Plains National Park. Next on the itinerary is Yala National Park, a must-see destination in the country that is known for its sightings of leopards. Having soaked up the views of Yala, you will then continue to Unawatuna, one of Sri Lanka’s most popular beach enclaves. Spend the last couple of days of your trip relaxing on Unawatuna’s sandy stretch and taking in the views before it is time to head home. See tour.

15 days in Sri Lanka: Wildlife holiday in Sri Lanka

Sigiriya Lion Rock Sri Lanka
Sigiriya Lion Rock is a 660 feet tall rock formation in Sri Lankan tropical forest
Scared Tooth Relic Sri Lanka
Sri Dalada Maligawa is the home for a sacred relic: a tooth of the Buddha

Day 1

Arrive in Colombo and transfer to villa in Talangama Wetlands

Day 2

Go birdwatching in Talangama

Day 3

See the ancient rock fortress of Sigiriya   

Day 4

Enjoy private excursion to the ruins of Polonnaruwa   

Day 5

Meet members of forest-dwelling Vedda tribe in Gal Oya National Park

Day 6

Explore Gal Oya by boat and during jeep safari 

Day 7

Continue to Kandy, visit Temple of the Scared Tooth Relic

Day 8

Transfer to Ambewela, located in Sri Lanka’s central highlands

Day 9

Spot a variety of wildlife in Horton Plains

Day 10

Head for Yala National Park, check into your luxury tented camp on arrival

Day 11

Enjoy two jeep safaris in Yala

Day 12

Enjoy a private transfer to the historic city of Galle

Day 13

Experience Galle like the locals do with bike-and-boat tour

Day 14

Explore Galle on your own

Day 15

Transfer back to the airport in Colombo

Sri Lanka’s national parks and wildlife reserves are an animal lover’s dream come true. From spotting primates in Polonnaruwa to seeing herds of wild elephants up close in Gal Oya and sighting migratory birds in the soothing wetlands of Talangama, the country has a lot to offer. Besides feasting your eyes on the astonishing biodiversity of the island nation, this two-week sojourn also includes a trip to the hills, and a boat-and-bike tour in the villages around Galle. See tour.

Sri Lanka in 15 days: Relaxing Sri Lankan holiday

Nuwara Eliya in Sri Lanka
Visit Nuwara Eliya which is well known its tea gardens
A street market in Colombo Sri Lanka
Colombo, the Sri Lankan capital, is a melting pot of races, religions and cultures

Day 1

Land in Colombo and transfer to Negombo

Day 2

Enjoy a jeep safari in Wilpattu National Park

Day 3

Climb stairs leading to the summit of Missaka mountain

Day 4

Explore Dambulla’s ancient cave temples

Day 5

Visit Polonnaruwa and continue to Sigiriya 

Day 6

See Sigiriya’s rock fortress and drive to Kandy

Day 7

Learn more about Buddhism in Kandy’s Temple of Scared Tooth Relic 

Day 8

Drive through Sri Lanka’s hill country to reach Nuwara Eliya

Day 9

Enjoy a free day in Nuwara Eliya with option to visit Horton Plains

Day 10

Take your first steps in Ella

Day 11

See Ravana Ella Falls and explore Udawalawe National Park 

Day 12

Continue to the coastal town of Galle

Day 13

Enjoy a free day in Unawatuna

Day 14

Drive to Colombo, explore Sri Lanka’s capital city

Day 15

Bid farewell to Sri Lanka 

Discover the spiritual side of Sri Lanka during this two-week trip as you dive into the history of this island nation. Visit Mihintale, which played a crucial role in the introduction of Buddhism in Sri Lanka, and explore the ancient caves of Dambulla, home to numerous statues and paintings related to the Buddha. Also included in your itinerary are Polonnaruwa, which was a thriving centre of commerce in the 12th century, and the ruins of Sigiriya.

Besides a potpourri of history and culture, this fortnight-long trip also serves you with an amazing feast of nature. Go on a jeep safari in Wilpattu National Park and explore Udawalawe National Park. Spend a day at a beach in Unawatuna before it is time to head home. See tour.

The above tours have been carefully crafted for those planning to spend 2 weeks in Sri Lanka. More amazing options available in our list of 14-day Sri Lanka tours. You can also check out our guide on how many days to spend in Sri Lanka for more ideas and information. For a customized, private tour get in touch with our travel experts in Sri Lanka.

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