12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + Drive:  19​h 45​min
1
Kalkudah
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Nilaveli
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Habarana
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Pinnawala
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Kosgoda
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: London

1
night
Kalkudah

Kalkudah ©
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): discover the deep blue sea with Sail Lanka Charter and then kick back and relax at Passikudah Beach.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Kalkudah trip website .

London, UK to Kalkudah is an approximately 20-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from London to Kalkudah. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Nilaveli.

Things to do in Kalkudah

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Passikudah Beach ©
Passikudah Beach

2
nights
Nilaveli

Nilaveli ©
The coastal resort town of Nilaveli draws visitors with its beaches, dive spots, and seaside hotels.
On the 13th (Wed), explore the different monuments and memorials at Trincomalee War Cemetery and then enjoy the sand and surf at Trincomalee Beach. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Nilaveli Beach and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Nilaveli sightseeing planning site .

Traveling by car from Kalkudah to Nilaveli takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Habarana.

Things to do in Nilaveli

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Habarana

Habarana ©
Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
Step out of the city life by going to Minneriya National Park and The Golden Temple. Step off the beaten path and head to Hurulu Eco Park and Polonnaruwa Vatadage. Venture out of the city with trips to Polonnaruwa (Gal Vihara & Lankathilaka Image House). There's more to do: make a trip to Sigiriya World Heritage Site.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Habarana vacation builder website .

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 18th (Mon) so you can drive to Pinnawala.

Things to do in Habarana

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Hurulu Eco Park ©
Hurulu Eco Park

1
night
Pinnawala

Pinnawala ©
The main attraction in Pinnawala is undoubtedly its elephant orphanage.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Pinnawala Zoo, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Millennium Elephant Foundation. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Freedom Project.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Pinnawala trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Habarana to Pinnawala in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and taxi. In June, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kosgoda.

Things to do in Pinnawala

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Kosgoda

Kosgoda ©
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle Protection Association, kick back and relax at Bentota Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Beruwala Beach. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center, then identify plant and animal life at Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kowilawatta Temple, and finally kick back and relax at Hikkaduwa Beach.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kosgoda road trip app .

Traveling by car from Pinnawala to Kosgoda takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kosgoda

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Bentota, Kowilawatta Temple, Beruwala Beach, Hikkaduwa Beach
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach

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