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The truth is, all these itineraries can be done on your own. There are, however, some issues in times as travelling in a hired vehicle is much faster and comfortable than the public transport in Sri Lanka.
Therefore sometimes it may be a good idea to stick to an itinerary that runs along a main road, or plan your tour with one or more days’ stay at some places in order to avoid fatigue.
In the solo itinerary I have published, there’s ample time to move from a place to another. And some of the places are close by so you can go there easily.
For example, in the solo itinerary the beach experience is better as you will be moving along the same beach, one smaller stretch at a time. But if you try to move from the southern beach to the eastern beach it will be at least one whole day on public transport.
What to look in a solo itinerary?
Travelling solo means you have to find accommodation yourself. That will be alright if you go to an area with hostels, guest houses, or hotels. In such areas you can be sure that you would find somewhere to put up the night. But in other places the only hotels might be full, or there wouldn’t be lodging for your budget. Better to go to an area with more choices.
Then transportation and food. Do your research whether transportation is available for the places in your itinerary, and at what frequency.
What is a good itinerary for nature lovers?
There are many activities available in Sri Lanka. Water sports, hiking, camping, safaris, surfing, and diving are just a few examples. Here’s a suggested itinerary for those who love outdoor and nature.
Day 1. Galle
In Hikkaduwa you can go snorkelling to see the coral reefs and fish.
Benthota water sports.
Old Dutch Fort tour.
Day 2. Matara, Weligama, Mirissa, Midigama
These are beach areas. These areas are known for surfing and whale watching.
Day 3. Yala
Yala national park is known for the Sri Lankan leopard. The highest density of leopards in the world is found here.
Day 4. Ella
Waterfalls and hiking are what Ella is known for. Usually travellers stay more than one night in Ella.
Day 5. Ella
Day 6. Nuwara Eliya.
From Nuwara Eliya you can visit Horton Plains and the World’s End.
Gregory lake allows you to engage in boat rides.
Day 7. Kithulgala
White water rafting is what Kithulgala is known for.
Day 8. Kandy
A day in Kandy would be a great idea. You can visit the Temple of Tooth Relic and rest in the hotel, or take a walk around the Bogambara lake.
Day 9. Knuckles mountain range
This is a great place for a hike or camping. You may want to choose a hiking path, and get ready for a long day.
Day 10. Back to Kandy
Visit the Royal Botanical Garden, and take a rest in the hotel.
Day 11. Airport
Depending on the time left you can go to the Negombo beach but it will be burning hot.
Leave for home.
What about cultural attractions?
This itinerary does not include cultural attractions such as Sigiriya. But if you would like to include them, then Sigiriya should come after Kandy. From Sigiriya you can go to Anuradhapura.
If your 2 weeks in Sri Lanka calls for watching elephants then Minneriya and Wasgamuwa are great places for that. Those places should follow Sigiriya.
I will add another solo itinerary covering culture and elephants.