13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly + Drive:  8​h
1
Pinnawala
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Dambulla
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Ella
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Unawatuna
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Mumbai

3
nights
Pinnawala

Pinnawala ©
The main attraction in Pinnawala is undoubtedly its elephant orphanage.
Bring the kids along to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and Millennium Elephant Foundation. Change things up with these side-trips from Pinnawala: Kandy (Kandy Lake & Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic), Embilmeegama Tea Factory (in Embilmeegame) and Peradeniya (Royal Botanical Gardens & Hindagala Temple). Spend the 11th (Wed) surrounded by wildlife at Elephant Freedom Project.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Pinnawala online tour itinerary planner .

Mumbai, India to Pinnawala is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Dambulla.

Things to do in Pinnawala

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Peradeniya, Kandy, Kegalle, Embilmeegama Tea Factory
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Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
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.
On the 12th (Thu), make a trip to Sigiriya World Heritage Site, stop by Lanka Silks, and then Head underground at The Golden Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Dambulla trip planner.

Traveling by car from Pinnawala to Dambulla takes 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive 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
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

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): make a trip to Demodara Nine Arch Bridge and then savor the flavors at Newburgh Estate. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak and then explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Ella travel route site .

You can drive from Dambulla to Ella in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel 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 Arch Bridge ©
Nine Arch Bridge

4
nights
Unawatuna

Family-friendly places like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Unawatuna Beach will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Unawatuna: Mirissa Beach (in Mirissa), Hikkaduwa (Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa & Hikkaduwa Beach) and Bentota (Sea Turtle Protection Association & Bentota Beach). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, stop by Embark, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Church, and steep yourself in history at Galle Fort.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Unawatuna online sightseeing planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Ella to Unawatuna in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

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