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How to cover Sri Lanka in two weeks

Sri Lanka- a country that has many treasures waiting to be explored, adored, and remembered.

By Traveling WorldwidePublished 4 years ago 2 min read
Randeepa Dhanarathna, Sigiriya Sri lanka, CC BY-SA 4.0

Sri Lanka- a country that has many treasures waiting to be explored, adored, and remembered. They say it's a very small country is size, but you need at least two weeks to cover its wide variety of attractions and events. Head to the world heritage sites, natural landscapes, and beaches for an amazing time, and here's how you do that in style. Let this article help you to generate new ideas. Don't miss out on any of these during your tour to Sri Lanka.

Arrive at the BIA and take it slow

BIA stands for the Bandaranaike International Airport in Sri Lanka. You will arrive at the BIA after your flight, and before starting on to any journey, you will first most likely need to rest. So, choose one of the Sri Lanka luxury hotels in Colombo or Negombo to spend your first day. Hotels such as Heritance Negombo are located very close to the airport and this will definitely help you to relax as much as you want on your first day. The days coming ahead are going to be busy, so start it all with a good rest!

Explore the cities

If you have selected a Colombo hotel, you may use your day 02 to explore Colombo. If that's a Negombo hotel you've chosen, then base your first explorations in Negombo. Gangaramaya Temple, busy streets in Pettah, the National Museum of Sri Lanka, and the Galle Face Green are some of the attractions you find in Colombo. If you have chosen Negombo, then check out Fort, churches, canal, and the beaches are all yours to enjoy and explore.

Head to Dambulla and Sigiriya

Start your adventures from Sigiriya and Dambulla. Both of these attractions have been constructed centuries ago by the Sri Lankan kings, and they do have amazing source stories about them. Sigiriya is a World Heritage Site as declared by UNESCO and it's a rock fortress with an unbelievable architectural and engineering concept. Dambulla cave temple is also located within the close vicinity, and you will find many cave paintings there, well-preserved over the years. You may also visit the nearby attraction- Pidurangala Rock and then give your day a peaceful end at a hotel in the area.

Visit Polonnaruwa

You may head to the ancient city- Polonnaruwa next. Polonnaruwa is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and here, in this city, you find many historic temples, lakes, statues, and royal gardens. Some of these attractions are just ruins today, but exploring their archeological values itself is a great thing to do.

Explore Kandy

After spending a day or two in Polonnaruwa, you can then head to Kandy- a city surrounded by the misty hills in Sri Lanka. It's home to one of the most sacred places in the country, the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic (Sri Dalada Maligawa). Apart from this, there are also many other attractions to explore here, such as the Peradeniya Botanical Garden, Udawatte Kele jungle sanctuary, Kandy Lake, and the Bahirawakanda Temple. You may also head to the KCC (Kandy City Center) and do some quality shopping when time allows before you say goodbye to Sri Lanka – the emerald isle.

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