Planning a 2-week Sri Lanka tour itinerary can feel like tackling a massive jigsaw puzzle. The island that offers a myriad of experiences with great diversity can overwhelm you if you don’t have a plan or research to back you up.
In this article, we share the best locations to include in your Sri Lanka tour itinerary.
If you are spending two weeks in Sri Lanka, Polonnaruwa is a location you don’t want to miss. The second capital of Sri Lanka in a past era, Polonnaruwa is famous for its royal ancient city of old stupas and historic ruins. Explore the city on a bike or by foot wandering around the massive constructions of yesteryear. Get on a boat for a ride in a nearby man-made lake blooming with waterlilies and thronging with wildlife such as water monitors, birds, and other small reptiles. Known as the Parakrama Samudra, this lake is an oasis of tranquillity.
For those who love fishing, make sure to add freshwater fishing to your two-week Sri Lanka tour itinerary so you can enjoy an unforgettable fishing trip in a traditional catamaran. Whilst offering some of the best historical and cultural moments, Polonnaruwa also promises luxurious accommodation options. Let us help you experience a luxury hotel stay while you explore this fascinating city.
The 8th wonder of the world, Sigiriya is an ancient rock fortress (a UNESCO world heritage site) with history that dates back to the fifth century B.C. Built on top of a rock, the fortress is a must-visit site during your two-week Sri Lanka tour— as no Sri Lanka tour is complete without visiting Sigiriya. Take the 1200 step staircase to reach the top and you won’t be disappointed by the magnificent view. The ancient ruins of the palace, the evidence of architectural brilliance with its advanced irrigation systems, water gardens and moat will blow your mind. The murals of naked damsels are one of the highlights of the fortress that showcases the excellent artistic skills from years bygone.
Sigiriya is also close to other attractions such as the Pidurangala rock which can be explored on a hike, and the Dambulla cave temple which is also a UNESCO world heritage site. History, nature, adventure, and scenic beauty combine in Sigiriya, making this an interesting addition to your Sri Lanka tour.
If you are interested in exploring the culture of the locality, Kandy is a place that must be included in your 2-week Sri Lanka tour itinerary. The sacred Temple of the Tooth where Lord Buddha’s tooth relic rests is a significant landmark in Sri Lanka that lets you explore stories about ancient royalty and Buddhism in the country. Learn about rituals from bygone years, and traditions and customs that have been followed for centuries to experience the rich culture of Sri Lanka. Discover architecture, woodwork, and stone carvings from the time of the Kandyan kings.
The beautiful city of Kandy is also home to many other exciting attractions and activities that you can include in your Sri Lanka tour itinerary to spice up your holiday. If you are visiting Kandy in August, you are in for a treat as the extravagant and vibrant Kandy perahara is held annually in August. The colourful cultural festival features traditional dancers, fire-breathers, drummers, and lavishly dressed elephants. The Peradeniya Botanical Garden, gem factories nearby, Bogambara lake, and the spice garden are some of the other attractions you can explore on a Kandy city tour.
Being an island blessed with nature, Sri Lanka has many locations around the country that present you with unforgettable retreats in nature. Among them, Ella always captures the interest of travellers from around the world. This beautiful small village tucked away in the hill country of Sri Lanka is surrounded by mountain ranges and tea plantations inviting travellers for an undisturbed holiday in nature.
The best way to travel to Ella is by train. This train ride is known as one of the most scenic journeys in Sri Lanka offering some of the best views of mountains, waterfalls, and tropical greenery. Once there, you can get lost in nature and spend a relaxing holiday or visit the top attractions in the area, including the steel-free nine arch bridge built during the British colonial era according to the plan of a local, Little Adam’s Peak, and the Ella Rock. These attractions can be reached via hiking and reward you with panoramic views along the way and especially when you arrive. For the full Ella-experience, wind down with a cold Lion beer in the evening and enjoy the vibrant nightlife facilitated by little bars and cafes in the town.
A safari ride in the Yala National Park is an adventure that excites adults and children alike. Yala is home to many animals including elephants, leopards, crocodiles, wild boars, jackals, fishing cats, peacocks, monkeys, deer, moose, and a variety of endemic bird species, and offers ample opportunities to witness untamed wildlife at close quarters.
While in Yala, opt for a camping experience in the thick jungle to enjoy river lounging by day and BBQ dinners at night.
The Sinharaja Rainforest offers trekking adventures for nature lovers. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Sinharaja is known for its rich biodiversity and is home to many endemic flora and fauna. Disconnect from the hustle and bustle of the city when you explore the jungle, hiking through small trails that snake past hidden waterfalls, natural pools, and streams. If you are a bird lover, pack your binoculars, as you’ll be treated to a colourful flurry when you least expect it. Seasoned adventurers can also opt to camp out in this rainforest. Before you leave, try some coconut toddy, a locally produced liquor famous in the locality.
Sri Lanka is known for its beautiful beaches and quaint little coastal towns. Bentota, one of the more famous beaches in the country deserves to be listed in your Sri Lanka tour package itinerary. From secluded tropical experiences to adventurous water sports, luxury resorts, and raving beach parties, Bentota has it all. Go surfing, diving, jet-skiing, windsurfing, kayaking, and fishing, while on your dream beach escape here. If you are feeling lazy, slip into a hammock with a book in hand and sip on a tropical cocktail.
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