Explore Sri Lanka in 14 Days
2 Weeks in Sri Lanka Tour Highlights
- You will be welcomed by TripLanka Tour’s Driver/Representative and escort to the hotel in Negombo (20 minutes drive)
- Spend the rest of the day leisurely in Negombo Beach or Visit fish market Negombo
Little Rome, the Negombo is one of the busy beach in Sri Lanka, which should not be missed in a Sri Lanka tour itinerary specially for a beach lovers. There are no barriers to have a sun bath or relax under a palm tree in Negombo Beach. The most important fact about this beautiful and sandy beach is the water is safe for swimming and water sports. That is why tourists and locals are attracted to Negombo Beach.
In this coastal town there are many places to visit, such as :
- Roman Catholic Churches which were built in Portuguese era
- St. Mary’s Church which was built in 1924 following Neoclassicism style
- The Dutch Fort of Negombo which takes us back to colonial days, the days country was under Portuguese and the Dutch, is another tourist attraction in Negombo, the beach waves usually touches the Fort Gate with a love.
Negombo is a traditional fishing town, having a visit to Negombo Lagoon explains how traditional fisherman do their job with nylon nets for catching fish. The fisherman live in a village on the waters edge and their houses are made of palm trees. September to April is good season for fishing in Negombo area. Having a visit to fishing village & knowing the people who do fishing for live, as per this 14 days in Sri Lanka tour itinerary adds a different flavor to holidays in Sri Lanka.
Day 2 – Negombo – Habarana / Dambulla
- After Breakfast continue to Habarana or Dambulla relax on the hotel you choose. (3.5 Hours Drive)
- En route visit Elephant Orphanage Pinnawala, Witness the young elephants milk bottle feeding and elephant bathing at Maha oya water stream Pinnawala.
- Visit Golden cave temple Dambulla which is known as one of the UNESCO site among the eight UNESCO sites in Sri Lanka. Well preserve paintings inside the caves, painted in 2nd century BC are mind blowing and something you should experience in your lifetime.
Elephant orphanage in Pinnawala shelter to lot of elephants who are disabled and baby elephants who is abandoned by their mothers, lost in the woods. The place is opened around 8.30 am, the herd is having bath twice a day and they bottle feed baby jumbos thrice a day. Orphanage is closed for visitors by 5.30pm. Feeding baby elephants, having some fun with them, observing how they bath in river would definitely creates a relax mind for tourists. Due to this reason, we highly recommend and include a visit to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in this 2 weeks in Sri Lanka tour itinerary.
Dambulla is recognized as a UNESCO Heritage Site in Sri Lanka, which is the largest cave temple in Sri Lanka. It has more than 80 caves, among these, tourists are attracted to few caves listed below, which contain statues and elegant ancient paintings describes about Gautama Buddha and his life.
- The Divine King (Devaraja Lena) Cave with 14m statue of Buddha
- Cave of the Great king, which is the largest cave of the complex with 56 Buddha statues
- Maha Alut Vihara or the great new monastery with Kandyan style wall paintings
- 54 feet long and 27 wide Western Temple (Paschima Viharaya)
Day 3 – Polonnaruwa / Minneriya National Wild Life Park
- On the 3rd day of this 2 weeks Sri Lanka itinerary, after breakfast proceed to world heritage site Polonnaruwa and visit the sights of the ancient Kingdom that was built in between 11th to 14th century.
- After lunch will be back to hotel and spend rest of the day leisurely at hotels or can enjoy the activities in Habarana.
- Safari in Minneriya national park. Minneriya is one of the best places to see Sri Lankan elephants in wild and Elephant gathering in Minneriya is most spectacular unique behavior to witness in this park.
- Village Tour and Canoe Boat ride in the Marshy Lake.
Ancient kingdom Polonnaruwa was listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981 because of the remarkable monumental ruins related to 11th to 14th century. King Vijayabahu I named Polonnaruwa as the capital of Sri Lanka in 1070, which is the second royal ancient city in Sri Lanka. King Parakramabahu I’s rule was golden era of Polonnaruwa period and the largest rainwater reservoir “Parakkrama Samudraya” was built under his govern.
Nowadays, “Parakkrama Samudraya” is a popular tourist attraction specially because of “Birds Watching” & “Boat Riding” activities around this area. For tourists who like to check out ancient city and nature with some adventure, Polonnaruwa would be an ideal choice, and to satisfy travelers with different tastes, we have included this tour destination in our 14 days in Sri Lanka itinerary.
Minneriya national park, is one of the best places to see huge herd of wild Asian elephants roaming in the forest. This wild life park is in tropical monsoon climate area and covers around 8,889 hectares of the land. The national park is around Minneriya tank which was built by king Mahasena in 3rd century A.D. The park is home for many animal spices such as
- Purple-Faced Langur
- Toque Macaque
- Sambar Deer
- Axis Deer
- Sloth Bear
- Lesser Adjutant
- Painted Stork
- Spot-Billed Pelican
Minneriya safari gives possibilities to spot animals and birds on their own home, and a popular destination for Birds Watching and Elephants Watching in Sri Lanka.
Day 4 – Sigiriya
- On the 4th day of this Sri Lanka tour itinerary, after breakfast proceed to Sigiriya and Climb Lions Rock Sigiriya. Lion’s rock is one of the most visited tourist destination in Sri Lanka and this is one of the best example for ancient urban planning and well preserve frescoes done in 6th century AD. It is worth to climb the 1200 steps to the top of the rock to experience the amazing 360 degree view.
- You will back to the hotel after lunch.
- Afternoon Elephant back Safari (Optional)
Sigiriya is located near Dambulla, this massive construction on the top of this rock which nearly 200 meters high. For adventure seeking tourists, Sigiriya rock climbing would give great experience, on the other hand, for travelers who wish to know about ancient architecture, ancient culture and etc together with nature – Sigiriya is the best tour destination to travel. The view from top, would be an extra ordinary treat for nature lovers, the scene captures the forests, land and modern city around the Sigiriya rock. Considering various travel tastes which Sigiriya can treat, we include Sigiriya on this 2 weeks Sri Lanka tour itinerary.
Sigiriya explains the ancient engineering and architecture system what Sri Lankans practiced in ancient times, which was built by king Kassapa when he was struggling to maintain his power against his brother from India. Due to the ancient history, architecture and irrigation system of Sigiriya, it was recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Site in Sri Lanka. Interesting things to see in Sigiriya are :
- On Top Of The Summit, The Ancient Castle
- Mirror Wall and Graffiti on Wall – These graffiti are similar to Ajantha graffiti in India but these graffiti with unique Sri Lankan touch.
- Rock Fortress
- Water Gardens
- Boulder Gardens
- Terraced Garden
After Sigiriya rock climbing, in the evening the Elephant Back Ride activity add colorful fun moments on 2 weeks in Sri Lanka, but it is optional with this tour package. The Elephant Ride is around one hour and elephant takes ride from forest to lake (Sigiriya Wewa) which is filled with lily flowers. The scene itself is guaranteed to add value for tourists who are fond of elephant, nature and some adventure.:
Day 5 – Kandy
- After Breakfast proceed to Kandy (3 Hours Drive)
- En route visit Nalanda Gedige temple. Combination of Buddhist and Hindu architecture make this temple unique and controversial. Located in a serene atmosphere where you can relax and breath of fresh air
- Visit Spice and Herbal garden (Optional)
- Visit Hindu Temple Matale. Newly built temple with vivid god statues and spectacular architecture always invite you to make a photograph.
Nalanda Gedige temple is built by stones, situated near to Matale district. The specialty of this building is this was built by Hindus, it is an ancient Hindu temple, later used by Buddhists. This Hindu temple was built between 8th and 10th century with Dravidian architecture.
After the temple, proceed to spice garden on this 2 week tour plan (but it is optional). There are more than 2000 years of history for Sri Lanka for selling (exporting) spice for other countries. Merchants have been visiting Sri Lanka to buy spice since ancient days. Sri Lanka has the ideal climate for growing spice and herbs. The popular spice garden is located near another popular tour destination in Sri Lanka, called “Kadugannawa” which is well known for the rock tunnel which was built by British during colonial era.
Day 6 – Kandy
- On day 6th of 14 days in Sri Lanka, after breakfast visit Peradeniya botanical garden. Amazing landscapes, endangered plants, valuable herbs, native and endemic birds make this place a real heaven on earth.
- Visit Gem Museum and factory (Optional)
- Afternoon attends Cultural and Dance show where you can witness Sri Lankan traditional dancing drumming and fire walking.
- Visit Temple of sacred tooth relic Kandy. Temple of tooth relic is the most sacred temple in Sri Lanka and probably the most sacred temple in the world as it is house to the last physical remaining of Lord Buddha. The sacred city Kandy was nominated as UNESCO site in 1988 because of its value.
Peradeniya Botanical Garden, the Royal Botanical Garden is located in the west side of Kandy, and attracts around 2 million visitors annually. This garden is near to the longest river in the Sri Lanka the Mahaweli River. There are more than 4000 plant species are found on this botanical garden. The most eye catching orchid spices, medicinal plants and palm trees can be seen here. The garden covers 147 acres and is above 460 meters ocean level, with 200-days annual rain fall, which offers healthy climate for various kind of plants to grow well. A visit to Peradeniya garden during 2 weeks in Sri Lanka offers nature touch with plants for holidays.
Kandy is the center of this beautiful small island, Sri Lanka. The city houses crown jewel of the country which is the Sri Dalada Maligawa known as Temple of the Tooth. This temple is the one of most important place to Sri Lankan Buddhists. Not only now since the ancient time the tooth relic has very huge roll over the country. The Kandy lake, located near this temple is a recommended for a relax walk and night view of lights around the place.
Day 7 – Kandy / Nuwara Eliya
- After Breakfast Proceed To Nuwara Eliya (2.5 Hours)
- Nuwara Eliya is a city founded by British just before they introduced tea to Sri Lanka in 1867. Architecture of buildings, Golf Course and Horse racing course makes Nuwara Eliya different from the other parts of the country.
- Visit tea plantation and factory. You could taste a cup of best Ceylon tea after a detour around the tea factory.
- Visit Ramboda Water falls
- If time permit visit Gregory lake area and spend the time at leisure.
Nuwara Eliya is the highest city of the Sri Lanka which lays beneath the tallest mountain of the country Pidirithalagala. This city is famed due to it’s climate and known as the coolest place in Sri Lanka. Nuwara Eliya attracts many foreign travelers & local tourists for the seasonal events during February to April. During the season, there are many events take place, such as Golf tournaments, horse racing, motor cross, clay pigeon shooting and carnival features.
Many buildings in the city such as Queen’s Cottage, General’s House, Grand Hotel, Hill Club, St Andrew’s Hotel and Town Post Office retain features from the colonial period. There are many places attract tourists which includes Golf Course, Trout Streams, Victoria Park, and boating in Lake Gregory. Victoria Park park is popular among the bird watchers, there are various bird spices like
- Indian blue robin
- Pied thrush / Scaly thrush
- Kashmir flycatcher
Day 8 – Nuwara Eliya
Proceed to Horton plains early in the morning with packed breakfast. Horton plains is the only national park in Sri Lanka where you can walk and listed on UNESCO heritage sites. You will be covered Worlds End, Bakers falls, and Mutton pool and endemic species along the trekking.
This place can introduce as the windiest and the one of the coldest location in Sri Lanka. The Horton Plains is the head start of three main rivers of the country, Mahaweli , Kalani and Walawe. Horton Plains has historical value, the stone tools which are dating back to “Balangoda culture” have been found from this location.
Sambar Deer is the most spotted animal in the Horton plains but not only that there are many spices such as Strip-necked Mongoose, Long-tailed Giant Squirrel Wild Boar, the endemic Bear Monkey, Toque Monkey, Fishing cat and etc. Due to the population of the Sambar dear there are number of Leopards. The special fact of this national park is that, this is the only wild life park in Sri Lanka with no elephants. But, before a century Horton plains was rich with elephants but the whole population was hunted down by the British colonialists in Sri Lanka.
Day 9 – Nuwara Eliya / Yala
- After Breakfast Proceed to Yala/Tissamaharama (4 Hours Drive)
- En route Visit Demodara Nine Arch Bridge. One of the finest examples for Colonial era bridge construction that was built 1921. As this bridge located surrounding denser forest, Demodara Nine Arch Bridge is one of the best places to capture in photos.
- Visit Rawana waterfall
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge is a best example for colonial-era railway construction of Sri Lanka. Nine Arches Bridge was built without a single piece of steal which stands steady since 1921. This railways was built between Demodara and Ella and this is the most beautiful train ride which must not miss on a 2 weeks tour to Sri Lanka, and the views from the hill side is priceless.
From the mountain peaks of Sri Lanka, the wide water fall Rawana Ella is falling down from a height of 82 feet. Shape of the waterfall resembles to an Areca flower, during the wet season the shape varies, on the other hand during dry season the flow of water reduce dramatically.
The history of the waterfall is connected to the ancient Indian Literature “Ramayana”. It believes queen Seetha took bathed in pool of the water of this waterfall. Also there are believes that ancient King Rawana played his “Ravanahatha” here in this waterfall.
Ravana Ella Caves are other well know tourist attraction in Ella, which located 2km away from the Ella town. History says that this cave was used by the king Rawana to hide Princess Seetha from his husband Rama (as per Indian Literature “Ramayana”).
Day 10 – Yala
- Safari in Yala national park.
- Yala national park is the most exciting and best national park in Sri Lanka. Because of the higher leopard concentration, Yala National park is probably the best place to see leopards in natural habitat in the world. Sloth Bear, Elephant, Mugger Crocodile, Estuarine Crocodile, Sri Lankan Jackal, Sambar deer, native, endemic and migrant birds are some of the other species found in Yala national park.
Yala national park is highly recommended for leopard watching and elephant watching. Other than these two animals, there are various animals, reptiles and birds for nature lovers to watch and enjoy. The national park covers large amount of area, from Hambantota district and Monaragala district. Tissamaharamaya is the entry point to Yala national park which is the second largest wild life park in Sri Lanka.
The western side of the park has been recorded for the highest population of leopards. “Panthera Pardus Kotiya” (Sri Lankan Leopards) is the most spotted leopard in Yala during January to July season. May to August is the dry season, which is the best season to watch the Asian wild Elephant population. Other than leopards and elephants, there are over 130 spices of birds, and reptiles such as Mugger Crocodile, Estuarine Crocodile can be watched in Yala with this 2 weeks Sri Lanka tour package.
Day 11 – Yala / Bentota
- After Breakfast proceed to Bentota (6 Hours Drive)
- En route visit Dutch fort Galle. Dutch fort Galle is one of the UNESCO world heritage site located Near Colombo. The Fort founded by Portuguese in 16th century was fortified by Dutch in 18th Century before British occupied in Sri Lanka. Combination of Dutch Architecture and Sri Lankan traditions makes unique life style inside the fort.
- Visit Stilt Fishermen. Stilt fishing is a traditional fishing method find around Koggala, Sri Lanka. Photographers love this place, because of the spectacular view and unique postures.
- Turtle hatchery and Conservation project. Turtles are endangered globally as well as in Sri Lanka mainly because of the illegal fishing. Few conservation project are undertaken along the coastal area of Southern province to protect the sea turtle in Sri Lanka
Dutch fort in Galle is famous among both local and foreign tourists. The history of this port is runs back to Ptolemy’s world map of 125–150 AD by then this was a very busy port which was trading with Greece, Arab countries, China and others. In the history this was mentioned as a “port of call of the Levant”. This is the port which Portuguese made their first landing to Sri Lanka in 1505. After Portuguese built the fort along with a Franciscan chapel The British took over the fort in 1796.
The Galle Fort is popular because of the beautiful beach and colonial architecture. There are museum, jewelry shops, cafes, interior design shops, fashion outlets, restaurants, villas in the Fort. Dutch Governor’s residence in the fort, now is now the luxurious Amangalla Hotel.
Day 12 – Bentota
- Leisure or Activities in Bentota beach such as Jet ski, Banana boat ride, Ringo, Kite surfing, Scuba diving or Boat ride in Bentota River.
Bentota is located in Southwest coast of the Sri Lanka which is a famous resorts. The beach of the Bentota is the most famous and attracts many foreign and local tourists. This city has a local airport and Bentota also famous for toddy production, an alcoholic beverage made out of coconut nectar.
In Bentota, the sea is calm during November to April which is the popular season for various water sports activities in Bentota. The season makes the Bentota beach as the most suitable beach in Sri Lanka for snorkeling, diving, sailing, wind surfing, water-skiing and deep-sea fishing on a traditional outrigger canoe. The water is usually warm in this beach area which makes divers dive as much as deeper they can. Canoe Rock is the major dive site in Bentota, divers can dive from a boat or straight from the shore. In Bentota, there are some parts with coral formations as well as sandy areas. Same as other tour destinations we include in the 14 days Sri Lanka tour itinerary, Bentota too variety of features to meet its traveler’s tastes & wishes. For water adventure seekers Bentota offers water sports activities, for beach lovers the sandy shore of beach helps relax walk & a quick feet wash in sea waves. Induruwa turtle hatchery project & Kosgoda turtle hatchery projects are best places to visit around Bentota for turtle watching.
Day 13 & 14 – Bentota
On this 13th day of the 14 days tour plan, you can enjoy the Bentota river boat ride and check out the water animals and reptiles and chilled wind, overall great touch with nature from boat.
On final day, the 14th day of tour, Airport Transfer via Colombo the Capital of Sri Lanka and carry the best moments of the 2 weeks in Sri Lanka holidays.