13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Pinnawala
— 3 nights
2
Dambulla
— 3 nights
3
Ella
— 2 nights
4
Unawatuna
— 4 nights

3
nights
Pinnawala

Pinnawala ©
The main attraction in Pinnawala is undoubtedly its elephant orphanage.
Get out of town with these interesting Pinnawala side-trips: Peradeniya (Royal Botanical Gardens & Hindagala Temple), Embilmeegama Tea Factory (in Embilmeegame) and Kandy (Kandy Lake & Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic). Spend the 11th (Wed) in the pleasant surroundings of Elephant Freedom Project. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Pinnawala trip itinerary planner.

Mumbai, India to Pinnawala is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. In April, daytime highs in Pinnawala are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Pinnawala

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kegalle, Peradeniya, Kandy, Embilmeegama Tea Factory
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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

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, thenstop by Lanka Silks, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Dambulla sightseeing app.

Traveling by car from Pinnawala to Dambulla takes 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Dambulla

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge and then indulge in your favorite hot beverage with Newburgh Estate. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak and then explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock.

Plan my trip to Ella with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Dambulla to Ella takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Buduruwagala
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Jungle Beach and Galle Fort. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Unawatuna: Hikkaduwa (Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa & Hikkaduwa Beach), Bentota (Sea Turtle Protection Association & Bentota Beach) and Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch Reformed Church and look for gifts at Embark.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Unawatuna day trip planner.

Getting from Ella to Unawatuna by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. In April in Unawatuna, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

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