The Ultimate 2 Week Itinerary for Sri Lanka

Updated: Jul 28, 2020

Sri Lanka is a small island- but there's so much to do! There are incredible sights to see all over the island, so let me help you see the most you can in only 2 weeks! Make sure to read my tips on what to know before you visit Sri Lanka here.


Day 1: Colombo

You'll most likely fly into Colombo since it's the capital and biggest airport in the country. Take this day to relax from your travels and get ready for the busy trip ahead of you. If you want to explore, you can go see:

- Beira Lake

- Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque

- Galle Face Green

- Gangaramaya Temple

Image by exploresrilanka.lk ©

Day 2-3: Trincomalee

Wake up early and take the long, 7-hour bus ride to Trincomalee (536 LKR). If you catch the 7am bus, you'll arrive at 2pm and can still hit the beach!

- Uppeveli Beach

- Nilaveli Beach

- Fernando's Beach Bar

- Pigeon Island

Read more here.


Day 4-5: Dambulla

On day 4, hop on the bus for the 3-hour ride to Dambulla (250 LKR). Once you arrive, take time to relax. There isn't too much to see in the city, so just catch up on rest and get ready to hike to Sigiriya on Day 5.

- Hike Sigirya/Pidurangala

Read more here.

After you hike Sigirya/Piduranagala in the morning, take the 2-hour bus ride to Kandy in the afternoon/evening (200 LKR).



Day 6: Kandy to Ella

Today you'll spend the day on the 7 hour train journey to Ella. It's labeled as one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenic views!

- 1st class reserved: 1100 LKR

- 2nd class reserved: 600 LKR

- 2nd class unreserved: 230 LKR

- 3rd class unreserved: 125 LKR

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Day 7-8: Ella

You'll spend the next 2 days hiking and exploring the greenery around Ella. Just note that the food in Ella is overpriced, so try to save money by walking and getting accommodations with free breakfast!

- Little Adam's Peak

- Nine Arch Bridge

- Ella Rock

- Ravana Falls

Read more here.

Next, take a 2-hour bus to Tissahamara (340 LKR) for your safari in Yala National Park.


Day 9: Yala

Technically you're staying in Tissahamara (aka Tissa), but this is the gateway city for Yala National Park. Once you arrive there are PLENTY of companies that offer safari tours, even most hostels/hotels offer it. A good price for a half day safari is 5500 LKR ($30 USD).

Sunrise Safari: 4:30am - 11:00am

Sunset Safari: 1:30pm - 8:00pm

A half day safari is plenty of time to see animals, no need to pay for the full day tour (13 hours)

Read more here.


If you do the sunrise safari, hop on the next bus to Matara after your tour- it's about 3-4 hours and costs 170 LKR. From here, you can take another bus or tuk tuk to Mirissa, it's only about 10 km away. If you do the sunset safari, spend another night in Tissa and take the bus in the morning.


Day 10-11: Mirissa

Spend the next 2 days relaxing on the beach (the most beautiful beach in all of Sri Lanka in my opinion!) No need to do anything, just enjoy the beach lifestyle and soak up the sun. You deserve some relaxing time in a beautiful scenery.

Accommodations: HappyShack Hostel

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Day 12-13: Galle

In the morning, hop on a bus to Galle. It's only about a 2 hour bus ride and costs 150 LKR. This is another beach town, but a lot bigger and busier. Spend more time relaxing on the beach and exploring the town before heading back to Colombo for your flight home.

Image by srilankatravelandtourism.com ©

Day 14: Colombo

You can take a bus to Colombo city center, it takes about 5 hours and costs 200 LKR. From this bus station you can take another bus to the airport, it takes 1 hour and costs 150 LKR. Otherwise a taxi to the airport from Galle will cost about 3000-4000 LKR.


Here's a quick glance of Sri Lanka!


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