13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Colombo
Fly + taxi:  1​h 45​min
1
Pinnawala
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
2
Kandy
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h
3
Uda Walawe National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Netolpitiya
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Mirissa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Hikkaduwa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
End: Colombo

1
night
Pinnawala

Pinnawala ©
The main attraction in Pinnawala is undoubtedly its elephant orphanage.
On the 3rd (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Millennium Elephant Foundation, then identify plant and animal life at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, and then stroll through Pinnawala Zoo.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Pinnawala travel site .

Colombo to Pinnawala is an approximately 2-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a train. March in Pinnawala sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Pinnawala

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Pinnawala Zoo, Millennium Elephant Foundation
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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Millennium Elephant Foundation ©
Millennium Elephant Foundation

2
nights
Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): tee off at Victoria Golf & Country Resort and then identify plant and animal life at Udawattekele Sanctuary. On the 5th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the different monuments and memorials at Commonwealth War Cemetery, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum, and finally explore the activities along Kandy Lake.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kandy trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Pinnawala to Kandy in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Uda Walawe National Park.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Victoria Golf & Country Resort, Royal Botanical Gardens
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Udawattekele Sanctuary ©
Udawattekele Sanctuary
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Victoria Golf & Country Resort ©
Victoria Golf & Country Resort

2
nights
Uda Walawe National Park

Uda Walawe National Park ©
One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
On the 6th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Elephant Transit Home. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Uda Walawe National Park trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Uda Walawe National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Netolpitiya.

Things to do in Uda Walawe National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Safaris
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Udawalawe National Park ©
Udawalawe National Park
Safaris
Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)

2
nights
Netolpitiya

Netolpitiya ©
Most people take a trip to Netolpitiya to enjoy a classic beach holiday.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Medaketiya Activity Beach and then identify plant and animal life at Turtle Conservation Project Turtle Watch. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Indika Art Gallery, stroll through Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa), and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Medilla Beach.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Netolpitiya using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Uda Walawe National Park to Netolpitiya takes 2 hours. In March in Netolpitiya, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Netolpitiya

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Tangalle
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Medilla Beach ©
Medilla Beach
Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) ©

2
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Star Fort, stroll through Matara Beach, then relax in the rural setting at Nandana Tea Factory, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at Snake Farm.

To find ratings and other tourist information, refer to the Mirissa journey website .

Traveling by car from Netolpitiya to Mirissa takes 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Matara, Nandana Tea Factory
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Matara Beach ©
Matara Beach

2
nights
Hikkaduwa

One of the most scenic beach resorts in Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa features a number of long white sand beaches with palm trees and gentle waves.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Unawatuna Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum, identify plant and animal life at Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa, then stroll through Hikkaduwa Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Hikkaduwa trip planner .

You can drive from Mirissa to Hikkaduwa in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Nature & Wildlife Tours, Jungle Beach
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach

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