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:  9​h
1
Unawatuna
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
2
Dambulla
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Pinnawala
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Singapore

5
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Relax by the water at Mirissa Beach and Jungle Beach. Popular historic sites such as Galle Fort and Dutch Reformed Church are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Unawatuna: Bentota (Sea Turtle Protection Association & Bentota Beach) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Mirissa). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Unawatuna Beach, make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda, and look for gifts at Stick No Bills Poster Gallery.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Unawatuna road trip planning app .

Singapore, Singapore to Unawatuna is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Singapore to Unawatuna due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Galle, Mirissa, Bentota
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach

4
nights
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Polonnaruwa and Golden Cave Temple. Explore Dambulla's surroundings by going to Sigiriya (Pidurangala Rock & Sigiriya World Heritage Site), Karu Arts & Crafts (in Naula) and Minneriya National Park (in Habarana). Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of The Golden Temple and stop by Lanka Silks.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Dambulla itinerary builder .

Drive from Unawatuna to Dambulla in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Pinnawala.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Minneriya National Park, Karu Arts & Crafts
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa

2
nights
Pinnawala

Pinnawala ©
The main attraction in Pinnawala is undoubtedly its elephant orphanage.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Elephant Freedom Project. On the 15th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Pinnawala trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Dambulla to Pinnawala in 2 hours. March in Pinnawala sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Pinnawala

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Elephant Freedom Project, Royal Botanical Gardens, Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
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Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

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