10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Bentota
— 1 night
taxi + train:  1​h 30​min
2
Peradeniya
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Pinnawala
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
4
Uda Walawe National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
5
Kalkudah
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Trincomalee
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
7
Dambulla
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: London

1
night
Bentota

The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bentota Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

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London, UK to Bentota is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Bentota is 5 hours. While traveling from London, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Bentota, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Peradeniya.

Things to do in Bentota

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
Peradeniya

Peradeniya ©
A suburb of Kandy, Peradeniya draws more than 2 million visitors annually to its royal botanical gardens.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Nelligala International Buddhist Center, stop by Embilmeegama Tea Factory, admire the striking features of Embekke Devalaya, then make a trip to Suriyakantha Centre for Art & Culture, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hindagala Temple, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Peradeniya journey maker site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and train from Bentota to Peradeniya takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can go by car to Pinnawala.

Things to do in Peradeniya

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Handessa, Embilmeegama Tea Factory, Nelligala International Buddhist Center
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Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Suriyakantha Centre for Art & Culture ©

1
night
Pinnawala

Pinnawala ©
The main attraction in Pinnawala is undoubtedly its elephant orphanage.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Millennium Elephant Foundation, identify plant and animal life at Elephant Freedom Project, and then identify plant and animal life at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Pinnawala trip maker .

Traveling by car from Peradeniya to Pinnawala takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Uda Walawe National Park.

Things to do in Pinnawala

Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Kegalle
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Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Millennium Elephant Foundation ©
Millennium Elephant Foundation

1
night
Uda Walawe National Park

Uda Walawe National Park ©
One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Transit Home (ETH) and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Uda Walawe National Park trip planner.

Getting from Pinnawala to Uda Walawe National Park by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Pinnawala in August: highs in Uda Walawe National Park hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kalkudah.

Things to do in Uda Walawe National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)
Udawalawe National Park ©
Udawalawe National Park

1
night
Kalkudah

Kalkudah ©
On the 15th (Thu), make a trip to Coconut Cultural Park and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Passikudah Beach.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kalkudah holiday builder website .

You can drive from Uda Walawe National Park to Kalkudah in 6.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Kalkudah

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Passikudah Beach ©
Passikudah Beach
Coconut Cultural Park ©
Coconut Cultural Park

1
night
Trincomalee

Trincomalee ©
A center of Tamil culture and language, Trincomalee suffered greatly during the 30-year civil war, but the troubles haven't dimmed the natural and cultural charms of the place.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Koneswaram Temple, admire the striking features of Velgam Vehera, then kick back and relax at Nilaveli Beach, then stroll the grounds of Trincomalee War Cemetery, and finally discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Trincomalee trip itinerary app .

Drive from Kalkudah to Trincomalee in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Dambulla.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trip

Nilaveli Beach
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Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery

2
nights
Dambulla

On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, and then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Dambulla road trip site .

Getting from Trincomalee to Dambulla by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Euphoria Spice and Herbal, Safaris, Sigiriya
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Safaris
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya

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