Sri Lanka Travel Guide: a 2-week itinerary
Sri Lanka is an amazing country with countless beautiful sights, stunning landscapes and amazing beaches that completely stole our hearts. In order to make our trip even more adventurous, we rented a Tuk Tuk to explore the island, but you can easily travel around by bus, train, motorbike, taxi or Uber. The island is easy to travel however getting from A to B can be time-consuming due to traffic conditions. We created this 2-week Sri Lanka guide to give you the best spots of the island and places you shouldn’t miss.
Day 1: Negombo
Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport is not actually located in Colombo but in Negombo, a more laid-back city when compared to Colombo. If you’re arriving late in the evening, like us this city is a good place to stay and recharge batteries for a night since you can find really cheap accommodation. The city itself doesn’t have much to see and compared to the rest of Sri Lanka, spending more than a day/night there would be a waste of time.
Day 2 & 3: Kandy
As I mentioned before we rented a Tuk Tuk and since this kind of transportation was not familiar to us our trip to Kandy took a bit more than usual but it was for sure way more adventurous and fun. On your way to the city, make sure to visit the Royal Botanical Gardens, this place is not only beautiful but also really nice to spend the day relaxing among nature. Kandy is Sri Lanka’s second largest city and it has a big lake perfect to walk around and observe a lot of different birds’ species. If you are interested in the historical and cultural part of the city there are also a few temples and museums to visit.
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Day 4 & 5: Nuwara Eliya
Nuwara Eliya, charmingly called “Little England”, was once the cool-climate escape for the British settlers where they built their holiday bungalows and spent their downtime. Get off the train in Nuwara Eliya and see the beautiful tea plantations and factories. Due to its location, the weather is a bit cooler than in the rest of the island so be prepared and bring some extra layers. The landscapes are amazing, the tea is delicious and once again you can find really nice affordable places to stay with breakfast included!
Day 6 & 7: Ella
If you are visiting Sri Lanka, Ella is a must! This is one of the most chilled out places in Sri Lanka and one of our favourite spots on the island! A bit more touristic than Nuwara Eliya but with way more spots to visit and explore. There’s also a lot of tea plantations in Ella waiting for you to visit as well as the Little Adams and The Nine Arch Bridge.
Day 8 & 9: Mirissa
Mirissa is all about the beach, palm trees and cocktails. If you’re a beach lover, this part of the country will be your paradise where you can watch some of the best Sri Lankan sunsets! Relax at the beach, get your tan lines and enjoy the good restaurants available in this area.
Day 10 & 11: Unawatuna
Unawatuna is a small town with excellent shopping, guesthouses, trendy restaurants and quite some activities and sightseeing nearby. This area has the most famous beaches in Sri Lanka and from here you can easily visit Galle Fort, Koggala Lake, and many other towns.
Day 12 & 13: Galle
Galle area is a jewel of the Dutch influence, and as soon as you enter the fort you feel like you’re no longer in Sri Lanka! This beautiful ancient city is amazing to explore on foot with Stylish cafes, quirky boutiques and recently restored hotels.
Day 14: Colombo
Finish your trip in Colombo! I’m not a big fan of busy cities but Colombo has a lot to see and explore. If you have a little extra time, you can visit the temples, gardens and markets around the city and don’t forget to finish your day at Galle Face Green for a goodbye sunset!
Day 15: Return home
Some additional information:
What’s the best time to visit Sri Lanka?
Sri Lanka has no perfect time to visit because each side of the island has it’s own “best time to visit.”
- North – May to September
- Center – January to April
- South – December to March
Do I need a Visa? How do I apply?
Yes, to be allowed into the country, you need a visa and arranging it isn’t difficult at all. You just have to make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months. You can apply to your Sri Lanka visa online at www.eta.gov.lk and it will cost you $30. Usually, the applications are approved within a few hours but it’s wise to apply at least a few days before your arrival.
Is it cheap travelling in Sri Lanka?
The currency is Sri Lankan Rupee: 170 rupees is equal to 1 dollar.
- Cost of a double room: $10 -$20
- Cost of train ticket: $1.50 to $4
- Costs of local food: $1 – $3
- Cost of a beer: $2
Do I need a vaccination?
It’s recommended to get two vaccines:
- DTP (Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Polio)
- Hepatitis A
It is wise to always use DEET since Malaria occurs in the north of Sri Lanka.