13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Moscow
Fly + Drive:  14​h 45​min
1
Pinnawala
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Dambulla
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
3
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Matale
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Nuwara Eliya
— Few hours
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
Unawatuna
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Bentota
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
9
Colombo
— Few hours
Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: Moscow

1
night
Pinnawala

Pinnawala ©
The main attraction in Pinnawala is undoubtedly its elephant orphanage.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): stroll through Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Pinnawala road trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Colombo to Pinnawala in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Pinnawala are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Tue) before leaving for Dambulla.

Things to do in Pinnawala

Parks Wildlife
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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

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Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
On the 12th (Tue), explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Dambulla trip maker .

Traveling by car from Pinnawala to Dambulla takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Dambulla

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla

2
nights
Sigiriya

Sigiriya ©
The historic rock of the same name dominates the landscape of World Heritage-listed Sigiriya, where the steep and striking lava plug contains the ruins of an ancient empire.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Gal Vihara, Polonnaruwa Vatadage, Lankathilaka Image House, and other attractions you added.

For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Sigiriya trip builder website .

Sigiriya is just a short distance from Dambulla. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Matale.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Polonnaruwa
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Gal Vihara ©
Gal Vihara
Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage

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hours
Matale

Matale ©
A regional city in the middle of the island, Matale has become known as a center of agriculture.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sri Muthumariamman Temple. On the 14th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Muthumariamman Temple.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Matale online trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Sigiriya to Matale in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in November, and nighttime lows around 27°C. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Thu) before leaving for Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Matale

Historic Sites
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Sri Muthumariamman Temple ©
Sri Muthumariamman Temple

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hours
Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya
Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Nuwara Eliya tour itinerary planner .

Drive from Matale to Nuwara Eliya in 3.5 hours. On the 14th (Thu), you're off toElla.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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2
nights
Ella

Ella ©
The relaxing hilltop village of Ella benefits from a more temperate climate than much of the rest of country thanks to its high elevation.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Demodara Nine Arch Bridge as well as Lipton’s Seat. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): get great views at Lipton’s Seat, take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, and then don't miss a visit to Demodara Nine Arch Bridge.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Ella holiday tool .

Traveling by car from Nuwara Eliya to Ella takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in November, and nighttime lows around 27°C. On the 16th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lipton’s Seat
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ravana Ella Falls ©
Ravana Ella Falls
Lipton’s Seat ©
Lipton’s Seat

2
nights
Unawatuna

Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then kick back and relax at Unawatuna Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery, and then kick back and relax at Mihiripenna Beach.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Unawatuna trip itinerary planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Ella to Unawatuna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Unawatuna can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can go by car to Bentota.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mirissa Beach, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mihiripenna Beach ©
Mihiripenna Beach
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

4
nights
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Visiting Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center and Safaris will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sea Turtle Protection Association and Thudugala Ella waterfall. Change things up with a short trip to Sea Turtle Hatchery in Ambalangoda (about 30 minutes away). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Bentota Beach, explore the activities along Bentota River, and stroll through Ahungalla Sea Turtles Conservation And Research Center.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Bentota online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Galle to Bentota takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November, daytime highs in Bentota are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to take a train to Colombo.

Things to do in Bentota

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Thudugala Ella waterfall, Safaris, Sea Turtle Hatchery, Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center, Ahungalla Sea Turtles Conservation And Research Center
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Sea Turtle Protection Association ©
Sea Turtle Protection Association

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Colombo

Colombo
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Colombo route planning website .

Getting from Bentota to Colombo by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in November, and nighttime lows around 28°C. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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