13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Johor Bahru
Fly + Drive:  11 h
1
Pinnawala
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 45 min
2
Unawatuna
— 4 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 30 min
3
Tissamaharama
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 45 min
4
Dambulla
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  14 h
End: Johor Bahru

3
nights
Pinnawala

Pinnawala ©
The main attraction in Pinnawala is undoubtedly its elephant orphanage.
On the 15th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, then explore the activities along Kandy Lake, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally don't miss a visit to Galmaduwa temple kandy.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Pinnawala trip itinerary tool.

Johor Bahru, Malaysia to Pinnawala is an approximately 11- hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2.5 hours traveling from Johor Bahru to Pinnawala. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Pinnawala

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

4
nights
Unawatuna

Palm-fringed beaches with golden sand, turquoise water, and a colorful coral reef are enough to draw any beachgoer to Unawatuna, but there's plenty to do off the beach here as well.
We've included these beaches for you: Jungle Beach and Mirissa Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Galle Fort and Dutch Reformed Church. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Unawatuna: Bentota Beach (in Bentota), Kowilawatta Temple (in Balapitiya) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Mirissa). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Hikkaduwa Beach, look for gifts at Stick No Bills Poster Gallery, and don't miss a visit to Japanese Peace Pagoda.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Unawatuna sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Pinnawala to Unawatuna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In January in Unawatuna, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Galle, Mirissa, Hikkaduwa Beach, Bentota Beach, Kowilawatta Temple
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort

2
nights
Tissamaharama

Tissamaharama ©
Tourism in Tissamaharama revolves around the town's vast historic and cultural heritage, with the surroundings of scenic paddy fields adding to the ambiance.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Tissamaharama day trip website.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Unawatuna to Tissamaharama takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In January, daily temperatures in Tissamaharama can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Bundala National Park, Yala National Park, Udawalawe National Park
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Sigiriya, then look for gifts at Lanka Silks, and then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park.

For where to stay and more tourist information, read Dambulla trip maker site.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Tissamaharama to Dambulla takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dambulla

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Minneriya National Park
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

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