12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly + Drive:  10​h 30​min
1
Kosgoda
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Mirissa
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 30​min
3
Habarana
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Pinnawala
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Singapore

3
nights
Kosgoda

Kosgoda ©
On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Bentota Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Protection Association, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kosgoda trip itinerary planner

Singapore, Singapore to Kosgoda is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Singapore to Kosgoda due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Kosgoda

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Bentota, Kowilawatta Temple, Ahungalla Beach
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:
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Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach

3
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Family-friendly places like Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) and Dolphin & Whale Watching will thrill your kids. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Speed Boats Tours and Snake Farm. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matara Paravi Duwa Temple, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and contemplate the waterfront views at Tangalle Lagoon.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Mirissa road trip planning app

Drive from Kosgoda to Mirissa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can drive to Habarana.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Matara, Tangalle
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) ©
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
Habarana

Habarana ©
Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
Explore hidden gems such as Kaudulla National Park and Gal Vihara. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Habarana: Polonnaruwa (Polonnaruwa Vatadage & Lankathilaka Image House). There's much more to do: make a trip to Sigiriya World Heritage Site, Head underground at The Golden Temple, and examine the collection at Sigiriya Museum.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Habarana road trip tool

Traveling by car from Mirissa to Habarana takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to Pinnawala.

Things to do in Habarana

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Golden Temple of Dambulla
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 4:
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Kaudulla National Park ©
Kaudulla National Park

2
nights
Pinnawala

Pinnawala ©
The main attraction in Pinnawala is undoubtedly its elephant orphanage.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Millennium Elephant Foundation and then identify plant and animal life at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. On the 5th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, then make a trip to Kandy view point, then explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and finally stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Pinnawala tour planning app

You can drive from Habarana to Pinnawala in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and taxi. January in Pinnawala sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. On the 6th (Sat), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Pinnawala

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Kandy, Millennium Elephant Foundation, Royal Botanical Gardens
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:
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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

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