Sightseeing and beach travel route for Sri Lanka

The two-week program of independent travel in Sri Lanka . This is combined route for a family holiday included the sightseeing and beach. Sightseeing of the first part of the route include : the ancient city of Polonnaruwa – Sigiriya Lion Rock – Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya – Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage – tea plantations in Nuwara Eliya – Ella Rock . The second part of vacation on the Marakolliya beach near the Tangalle town. Optionally you can easy add Yala park to this trip.

Map of the route

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Day 1

Arrive to Colombo, transfer by car in Polonnaruwa, accommodation, rest.

Day 2

Visiting the ancient city of Polonnaruwa in the morning , the area is quite large, so to move better to rent a tuk tuk (motorcycle taxi). In the afternoon, drive to Sigiriya, hotel accommodation, leisure.

Day 3

Climbing Lion’s rock fortress of Sigiriya in the morning. It will take 3-4 hours for visiting, so after dinner you can go to the temple complex Dambulla. Overnight at hotel in Sigiriya.

Day 4

In the morning we drive to the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya , the road will take about two hours. The garden is large and interesting, so plan is not less than 3-4 hours for visiting. After the botanical garden drive to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. After arrival to hotel, leisure.

Day 5

The first elephants bathing in Pinnawala occurs at 8:30 am, at this time you can watch 12 elephants and people are not very many. Large herd of elephants ( 52 ) come later at 9:30 am, by this time there is the main crowd of tourists who usually come from Kandy. After elephants bathing drive to Nuwara Eliya, it is about 3 hours drive. After arrival to hotel and leisure.

Day 6

Nuwara Eliya is located at an altitude of about 2000 meters above sea level and is famous for its beautiful scenery and tea plantations, besides in the vicinity are several interesting waterfalls. After breakfast drive through the neighborhood by car. Evening return to Nuwara Eliya.

Day 7

Train to Ella depart at 12:35, so you have to get before 12 to Nanu Oya, which is 25 minutes from Nuwara Eliya, there is a railway station, where we start the journey to Ella city by train. You can buy tickets on the station for half an hour before departure, the trains schedule branches Kandy – Badula. Tickets cost from $ 2 to $ 10, depending on the class of the car. In the evening arrive in Ella, hotel accommodation, leisure.

Day 8

Climbing Ella Rock (about 1300 meters above sea level), with a magnificent view of the surrounding countryside and small Adam’s Peak. Driveway to one side will take at least 2 hours to climb about 200 meters. The sheme of path to Ella Rock see bottom of this page. Overnight stay in Ella.

Day 9

Drive by car to Marakolliya beach near Tangalle city. Hotel accommodation, leisure .

Days 10 – 13

Relax on the Marakolliya beach.

One day you may visit Galle Fort, it is take about 2 hours one way by bus .

Day 14

Return to Colombo, flight to home

Useful Tips


You can get Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) – Tourist ETA visa. You can make it on Department of Immigration and Emigration of Sri Lanka site. Just follow the instructions.


You can find and book a hotel via HotelCombined search engine.

Scheme of the way to Ella Rock from Ella town

Схема пути к Элла Рокk

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