The Only Itinerary You Need For The Best of Sri Lanka The Great Escape

A treasure trove of amazing sights and sounds – from ancient ruins and white sandy beaches to lush tea plantations and breathtaking waterfalls – Sri Lanka is one of the most underrated travel destinations of the world. No idea how to start planning for your trip? No problem! Shalini Bandaranayake, a creative hospitality consultant, has put together a 14-day itinerary of Sri Lanka that will make you fall in love with the island nation – promise.

Days 1 & 2: Airport / Negombo

Arrive in Sri Lanka. Lunch at restaurant. Dinner and overnight stay at Paradise Beach Hotel or similar.

Days 3 & 4: Negombo / Kandy

A photo posted by arthur (@arthurwongoz) on

Kandy, the hill capital of Sri Lanka, was the last bastion of the Sinhala kings and is a charming city offering a living record of an extraordinary past. The easy-going capital has a lot to offer – history, culture, forested hills and a touch of urban buzz. Kandy is a romantic city any time of the year, but in August, this ancient capital becomes the venue of one of the most legendary festivals in Asia – the Festival of the August Moon, where thousands of people from all parts of the country and from foreign countries visit Kandy to witness the magnificent spectacle. Lunch at restaurant. Dinner and overnight stay at Emerald hill hotel.

Negombo sightseeing and attractions: Negombo Fort / Negombo Churches / Fishery Village / Muthurajahwela Marsh Marine Life / Negombo Beach

Kandy sightseeing and attractions: Temple of tooth relic / Gadaladeniya Temple / Embekke Temple / Lankatilaka Temple / Hindu Shrines / Tea Museum / Kandy National Museum / Kandy Lake / Udawattakele Sanctuary / Hanthana Mountains / Knuckle Mountains / Peradeniya Gardens

Days 5 & 6: Kandy / Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya is famous among tourists as the hill resort of Sri Lanka. Nuwara Eliya, located at around 2000m above sea level, can be reached by travelling about 180km from Colombo. Nuwara Eliya is also known as the City of Light as well as the tea capital of Sri Lanka among tourists. This travel destination is favoured by travellers as it is surrounded by lush tea plantations overlooked by Pidurutalagala, the highest mountain in Sri Lanka. Lunch at restaurant. Dinner and overnight stay at Alpine hotel or similar.

Nuwara Eliya sightseeing and attractions: Ramboda Falls / Devon Falls / Laksapana Falls / Lover Leap / Golf Club / Adam Peak / Trekking and Hiking / Oliphant Estate / Galway bird Sanctuary / Gregory Lake / Hakgala Botanical Garden / Victoria Park / Nissangala lena / Ceylon Breweries / Tea Trails / Horton Plains / World Ends

Day 7: Nuwara Eliya / Ella

Ella is a beautiful small village in Sri Lanka’s hill country with little more than a handful of shops, hotels and guesthouses. But it has an almost perfect climate and occupies a very scenic vantage point, with views on a fine day stretching right across the South Coast of Sri Lanka. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel Heavens Edge or similar.

Ella sightseeing and attractions: Waterfalls, train tour from Nuwara Eliya to Ella

Day 8: Ella / Yala

A photo posted by Eren Uzun (@aheruz) on

Yala National Park or Ruhuna National Park is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka. It is situated in the southeast region of the country, and lies in Southern Province and Uva Province. The park covers 979 square kilometres and is located about 24km northeast of Tissamaharama and 300km from Colombo. It had originally been designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1900, and, along with Wilpattu, it was one of the first two national parks in Sri Lanka, having been designated in 1938. The park is best known for its variety of wild animals. It is important for the conservation of Sri Lankan Elephants and aquatic birds. Lunch at restaurant. Dinner and overnight stay at Elephant Reach Hotel.

Yala sightseeing and attraction: Safari – wildlife

Day 9: Yala / Mirissa

A photo posted by @sabrinamina on

Whale Watching Mirissa has been most popular attraction among tourists since the year 2010. Whales are spotted few nautical miles off Mirissa Harbour. Lunch at restaurant. Overnight stay at Holaa Mirissa Hotel.

Mirissa sightseeing and attractions: Whale watching tour and beach

Days 10 & 11: Mirissa / Galle

A photo posted by Jordyn Cozzuol (@jkozwel) on

The seaside town of Galle or “Gaul” can be visited by tourists by travelling 116km from Colombo alongside the southwestern coast of Sri Lanka. Tourists will find picturesque routes, following the coastline closely for much of the way. The port city of Galle is the best example of a fortified city built by Europeans in South and Southeast Asia. Travellers can enjoy the great architecture of structures as well as the breathtaking view of the ocean and the nearby towns. The Fort is the slow-beating heart of Galle’s history. Other tourist destinations that deserve a special mention are the tall Lighthouse and the old Clock Tower. Lunch at restaurant (Galle Fort Spoons). Dinner and overnight stay at Baan @ 25 in Galle Fort.

Galle sightseeing and attractions: Galle Fort / Dutch Reformed Church / Dutch Museum / Turtle Hatchery / Unawatuna Beach / Kottawa Rain Forest / Hiyare Rain Forest / Rumassala / Koggala / National Maritime Museum / Madol Duwa / Hikkaduwa Beach

Days 12, 13 & 14: Galle / Ambalangoda

A photo posted by Chanod Mapalagama (@chanod_m) on

Ambalangoda is a sweaty town that is completely overshadowed by nearby Hikkaduwa as a tourist destination. The main reason for visiting is to dig under the surface of the Sri Lankan souvenir scene and discover the magical meanings behind the ubiquitous “devil” masks. Traditional “devil” dances, which drive out spirits causing illness, still occur irregularly in the hinterland villages. Ambalangoda is on the main transport route between Colombo and Hikkaduwa and buses and trains are frequent. Lunch at restaurant (Hikkaduwa beach restaurant). Overnight stay at Eight the Residence Ambalangoda Villa (Private Villa).

Ambalangoda sightseeing and attractions: Turtle hatchery / Boat ride / Relaxing on the beach (Private Villa on the beach)

Day 14: Depart to Airport

This 14-day itinerary is available for booking at AB Travels Pvt Ltd. To find out more about the itinerary and for booking details, visit or email

With wanderlust flowing in her veins, Lili has always had grand dreams of travelling the world, escaping to exotic locales and experiencing different cultures. Whenever Life gets too much for her, she reaches straight for her earphones to tune out the world. More than just a temporary distraction, music has a profound way of taking her to places that stir the soul.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *