12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Colombo
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
1
Nilaveli
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Habarana
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 30​min
3
Uda Walawe National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Netolpitiya
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Kosgoda
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
End: Colombo

2
nights
Nilaveli

Nilaveli ©
The coastal resort town of Nilaveli draws visitors with its beaches, dive spots, and seaside hotels.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): explore the different monuments and memorials at Trincomalee War Cemetery and then enjoy the sand and surf at Trincomalee Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Nilaveli Beach and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Nilaveli trip itinerary builder .

Colombo to Nilaveli is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can go by car to Habarana.

Things to do in Nilaveli

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Trincomalee
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Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Trincomalee Beach ©
Trincomalee Beach
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery

2
nights
Habarana

Habarana ©
Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
On the 1st (Mon), explore the striking landscape of Kaudulla National Park. On your second day here, appreciate the history behind Polonnaruwa Vatadage, contemplate the long history of Lankathilaka Image House, then don't miss a visit to Gal Vihara, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Hurulu Eco Park.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Habarana day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Nilaveli to Habarana takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Uda Walawe National Park.

Things to do in Habarana

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya
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Kaudulla National Park ©
Kaudulla National Park
Hurulu Eco Park ©
Hurulu Eco Park
Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage

2
nights
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.
On the 4th (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Udawalawa Safari and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Transit Home. On the 5th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Udawalawe Nationalpark Elefant Trail.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Uda Walawe National Park route builder website .

Getting from Habarana to Uda Walawe National Park by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Netolpitiya.

Things to do in Uda Walawe National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Udawalawe Nationalpark Elefant Trail
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Udawalawa Safari ©
Udawalawa Safari
Udawalawe Nationalpark Elefant Trail ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)

3
nights
Netolpitiya

Netolpitiya ©
Most people take a trip to Netolpitiya to enjoy a classic beach holiday.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) and Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara. When in Netolpitiya, make a side trip to see Bundala National Park in Hambantota, approximately 52 minutes away.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Netolpitiya road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Uda Walawe National Park to Netolpitiya takes 2 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Kosgoda.

Things to do in Netolpitiya

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Tangalle, Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary, Bundala National Park
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Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park
Tangalle Lagoon ©
Tangalle Lagoon
Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary ©
Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary

2
nights
Kosgoda

Kosgoda ©
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Protection Association, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bentota Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Beruwala Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project, then contemplate the waterfront views at Madu River, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ahungalla Beach.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kosgoda trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Netolpitiya to Kosgoda takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can take a train back home.

Things to do in Kosgoda

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Bentota, Madu River, Beruwala Beach, Ahungalla Beach
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Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Beruwala Beach ©
Beruwala Beach
Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project ©

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