13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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.
Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, then contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally don't miss a visit to Galmaduwa temple kandy.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, read our Pinnawala road trip app .

Johor Bahru, Malaysia to Pinnawala is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Time (SGT) to India Standard Time (IST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Johor Bahru in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Pinnawala, with lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive 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

Unawatuna ©
Galle Fort and Dutch Reformed Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at Mirissa Beach and Unawatuna Beach. Explore Unawatuna's surroundings by going to Bentota Beach (in Bentota), Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Mirissa) and Kowilawatta Temple (in Balapitiya). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hikkaduwa Beach, don't miss a visit to Japanese Peace Pagoda, and look for gifts at Stick No Bills Poster Gallery.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Unawatuna day trip planning app .

You can drive from Pinnawala to Unawatuna in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

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

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.
On the 21st (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park. On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Udawalawe National Park.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Tissamaharama trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Unawatuna to Tissamaharama takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Nature Parks

Side Trips

Yala National Park, Udawalawe National Park, Bundala National Park
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Udawalawe National Park ©
Udawalawe National Park
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.
On the 24th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Sigiriya World Heritage Site, look for gifts at Lanka Silks, and then explore the fascinating underground world of The Golden Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Dambulla trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Tissamaharama to Dambulla in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough 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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